Huge season ahead - Kyle
15 July 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Kyle Walker is ripping into his pre-season work, admitting: “This is probably the biggest season of my career so far.”
The flying full-back has suffered a rollercoaster ride in the last 18 months.
Having joined us in the summer of 2009 from Sheffield United aged 19 and furthered his experience with loans at QPR and Villa, Kyle enjoyed a Harry Kane-style breakthrough season in 2011-12.
He played 37 of 38 matches in the Premier League, scored the winner at the Lane against Arsenal, earned his first senior England call (aged 21) and capped it all by being named PFA Young Player of the Year.
That was just the start for Kyle, who went on an incredible run, starting 98 of 101 Premier League matches for us between September, 2011 and February, 2014.
Below: Kyle keeps a close eye on Roberto Soldado in training
Unfortunately, an abdominal problem put the brakes on him for the best part of nine months – forcing him out of the World Cup – and just four months after his return, his 2014-15 campaign was cut short early by a foot injury sustained at Burnley.
But now he’s relishing pre-season work ahead of 2015-16. “It’s been a good start,” he said. “Last season was difficult but it’s been great to get back out there and prove what I can do.
“This is probably the biggest season of my career so far.
“Things have been up and down for me and now I need a consistent season.
“Hopefully this will be the season I get back up there and show the lads here and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur what I can do again.
“It’s not been the easiest with the injuries but that’s all behind me now and I’m looking forward.
“I know I have to hit the ground running, I’m working hard and fingers-crossed this will be the season everything falls back into place again.”