This is my second home now - Kyle
23 September 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
It’s been a rollercoaster ride at times, but Kyle Walker has never waivered from his plan on first joining us back in 2009.
“When I first came here, in my head, the plan was to stay for the long run, it wasn’t a stepping stone to get me somewhere else or to go from one (club) to another, I signed here to stay here,” said the full-back who has signed a new deal committing himself to the Club until 2021.
“I want to say a big thank-you to the chairman and the manager for putting their faith in me. It’s been a long stay here but a very enjoyable one, I’m fully enjoying it.
“This is my second home now and I’m happy to commit my future to Tottenham Hotspur.
“I love the Club, it’s welcomed me with open arms and I have to say thanks to the fans as well, they’ve been fantastic to me.
“Now we as players have to drive this Club to where we should be and where we know we can be.”
Below: Kyle speaks exclusively to Spurs TV
Now 26, Kyle was loaned back to Sheffield United on signing in 2009. He then impressed in loan spells at QPR and Villa (2010-11) before his breakthrough season at Spurs in 2011-12, a season that included a cracking first goal against Arsenal and the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
“I can remember coming down (from Sheffield) with Kyle Naughton and meeting up with the squad (on a pre-season training camp) in Devon,” he recalled.
“I remember at the time there was myself, Naughts, Pascal Chimbonda, Chris Gunter, Vedran Corluka and Alan Hutton, so a lot of right-backs to get past! I had to bide my time but I believed in myself and worked hard on and off the field to get to where I am now.”
Kyle was a fixture in the team until February, 2014, when he was laid low by a pelvic problem.
He’d started 98 of 102 matches in the Premier League at that point, but he was out until December, 2014, missing the 2014 World Cup along the way. His return only lasted four months and he was hit again, this time by a broken foot at Burnley in April, 2015.
“That injured spell was tough for me but in hindsight, it was probably beneficial because I got to look at my game, know where I was going wrong and sometimes you have to take a step back to take two forward. I did that,” he reasoned.
"Now, people know my game, know my strengths and weaknesses, so it’s more difficult and I’m coming up against even better players.
“I feel I’m playing good football at the moment, I still think there is more to come and I still want to improve and be as best as I can be in my position. If I can get a few more goals and assists, that’s what I’m working on.”
Below: Kyle in action against Palace
Kyle’s form has coincided with the continued development of Mauricio Pochettino’s team and a highest-ever finish of third place in the Premier League last season, taking us back into the Champions League.
“For work ethic, desire, hunger and togetherness it’s definitely the most exciting team I’ve been involved in,” he said. “There is an exciting future for Tottenham Hotspur.
“We’ve a lot of younger players here, I’m one of the older heads now! I’m fully enjoying it, I’ve signed a new five-year deal and I’m fully committed to the squad, the Club and I want to see us go to where we should be and win medals along the way.”