SUNDERLAND winger Jack Clarke has named Kyle Walker-Peters as one of the best right-backs in the Championship. 

Clarke, 22, currently sits second in the Championship goalscoring charts with nine goals from 16 games, level with Southampton's Adam Armstrong.

The former Tottenham and Leeds United man faced Walker-Peters back in September when Sunderland thrashed Saints 5-0.

Clarke opened the scoring on that day with a close-range finish inside the first minute. Speaking to Sky Bet on behalf of the 72, Clarke praised Walker-Peters' performance, despite Saints' disappointing outing at the Stadium of Light.

He said: “Even though we won the game 5-0, Walker-Peters put up a really good performance and he’s a top player.

"He is a very intelligent right back, in terms of positioning and he was very good on the ball. Same with James Justin at Leicester – knew when to get forward and hold the position.

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“These are the sort of players you want to be coming up against and challenging yourself against to see how you fair up and I think I did alright in both games.  

“There are a lot of tough defenders in this league, teams are well organised and set up and a lot of the time.

"Especially for me, I’ve noticed that I’m getting double marked and that affects my game in a way that I can’t express myself as much as I want to, but also leaves space for other people to flourish.”

Walker-Peters is the only outfield Saints player to play every minute in the league this season under Russell Martin.