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Walker's engine running smoothly

Posted on 6 January 2016  - 12:05

After some summer tuning, Kyle Walker's engine is ticking over nicely this season.

Kyle in action at Everton on SundayKyle on target against Villa

The full-back is back in flying form after injury restricted him to 20 appearances out of our 57 in all competitions last term.

This time around he's started 19 of 20 games in the Premier League and with Hugo Lloris (19 of 20) and ever-present central pairing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen responsible for the best defensive record in the league with only 16 goals conceded in 20 games.

Back in the England fold for the latest round of internationals in November, Kyle, now 25 and the player with most first-team appearances in the current squad (174), pointed to pre-season as key to his form - and the arrival of Kieran Trippier.

"I think last season I was always playing catch-up having missed pre-season which is vital for any footballer," he reflected.

"That gets the engine running and I didn’t get it running and I was still trying to get it running during the season when everyone was halfway through the season.

"I’ve tried to get my head down this season and I’ve got good competition with Kieran coming in so it has made me push my game on.

"I’m 25 now so I’m getting on a bit in this team! I think I’m the most experienced player for Tottenham in terms of who has played the most games so I try and help as much as possible but their (the younger players) football does the talking.

"This is a young an exciting team and it's a pleasure to be part of it."