Although he may not have hit the bright lights of last season, it’s been a solid season for Kyle Walker. He’s made the odd costly error, evident in the defeat to Liverpool, but he has all the tools to become a world-class right-back.
Walker, still just 22, is very difficult to beat. He stands his man up well and even when he is beaten, he has the pace to get back at most players. Strong, good passer, strikes a mean ball and powerful in the air. It’s all there for the young Englishman.
He marauds forward, and has formed a telepathic understanding with fellow speedster Aaron Lennon. Most people consider him more of an offensive-oriented player, which would probably be fair. But if he can minimize his odd defensive lapses, he will remain in Tottenham’s defense for years to come.
A product of Sheffield United’s youth academy, he joined Spurs in 2009 with Kyle Naughton, who is also a full-back. It wasn’t until he was loaned out to Aston Villa in the 2010-11 season when he really flourished. Since returning, he has been first choice, under Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas Boas.
Naughton, coincidentally, has seen more football this season after a loan spell at Norwich City last season. It is possible for the two Sheffield boys to be entrenched in Tottenham’s team. Naughton has had strong games this season, putting in solid performances and playing nice passes. But he doesn’t quite possess the athleticism and drive that Walker does, meaning it will be difficult for him to hold down a first team spot in the long run.