Some thoughts on Kyle Walkers departure:
On Friday our right back Kyle Walker joined premier league rivals Manchester City in a world record £53 million deal. Five years ago few would have predicted that Kyle Walker would go on to become one of Europes finest right backs. But that’s exactly what the Sheffield born footballer has achieved under the guidance of our manager Mauricio Pochettino, always rated as a hot prospect since joining from Sheffield united in 2009. Despite his lightning quick pace and defensive might, he was plagued with injury problems and he never showed his true potential. That all changed when Pochettino arrived, the right back has developed in to the complete right back, whose pivotal role in Pochettino’s footballing philosophy saw him considered as one of Europe’s finest full backs over the past two seasons. Exciting, powerful and defensively superb, Walker enjoyed his finest season during the 2016/17 campaign, rightfully earning his place in the PFA team of the season, he was without doubt one of our best players during last seasons successful campaign.
However, for one reason or another Walker finds himself at Man City the subject of a world record fee, despite the astronomical fee and expected departure, Walker’s exit from the lilywhites still comes as a shock and as a great loss to our talented team. In a side where the full backs are such an important part of our style of play, Pochettino faces a dilemma. Does he sign a replacement rumoured to be a player in a similar mould to Walker (Ricardo Pereira of Porto) or does he keep faith in Kieran Trippier as Walker’s replacement, whilst rotating him with the young Kyle Walker-Peters.
Pochettino’s intentions will come clearer over the coming weeks, but one things for certain and that’s that Kyle Walker leaves a huge void to fill in our team. It’s been a pleasure to watch Walker play for us over the time he has been at Spurs, a warrior on the pitch Walker had a special connection with our fans. And whilst it’s hard to take, Walker gave his all at Spurs and I wish him all the very best at his new club, thank you for the memories. COYS