Kyle Walker: "Hopefully there is another 200 to come..."
24 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Kyle Walker is the last-man standing of six right-backs from the summer of 2009. No wonder he smiled ‘I guess that’s a pat on the back for me’ as he reached the 200-game milestone for us at Bournemouth.
In his best form since his stunning breakthrough season in 2011-12, Kyle, currently England’s first-choice right-back, can clearly remember his first days as a Spurs player.
“I can remember coming down with Kyle Naughton and meeting the squad in Devon,” said Kyle, now 26, who joined the squad on a pre-season training camp in July, 2009.
“When I first came to the Club there were six full-backs here, so to think I’m the only one left out of that bunch, I guess that’s credit to myself.”
Below: Kyle in action at Bournemouth
‘Walks’ and ‘Naughts’ joined Pascal Chimbonda, Vedran Corluka, Chris Gunter and Alan Hutton to battle it out for the right-back spot.
“I had to bide my time but I believed in myself,” he stated.
Kyle blossomed in loan spells back at Sheffield United, QPR and Aston Villa and come the start of the 2011-12 season, he was ready to make the position his own at Spurs.
And what a spectacular season. Kyle started 37 of 38 matches in the Premier League (and 98 of the next 102), scored a cracker against Arsenal, was named PFA Young Player of the Year, in the PFA Team of the Year and earned his first full England cap.
He’s since recovered from a testing spell out injured to play some of his best football last season, his performances earning a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad, where he was one of the stand-out players and he’s flying again this time around.
Below: Kyle's magic moment - his goal against Arsenal - November, 2011
His highlights from 200 games? “It always has to be the goal against Arsenal, I hit the ground running that season, won the PFA Young Player of the Year and now it’s with the new gaffer, I’m getting better with each game, learning more and I’ve got licence to do what I do in attacking areas, but my defending is picking up as well.
“What a great Club. It’s my home now, I’ve fully enjoyed my time here and hopefully there is another 200 to come.”