Walker pens new deal – how important is he to Tottenham?

Kyle Walker

The England international defender has extended his contract at White Hart Lane until 2019.

Kyle Walker has signed a new contract with Tottenham that will keep him tied to the club until 2019.

The 23-year-old right-back moved to White Hart Lane from Sheffield United in 2009, and has made over 100 appearances in all competitions for the north London side.

After loan spells at old club Sheffield United, QPR and Aston Villa, Walker has made the right-back slot his own at Tottenham, and has represented England on nine occasions also.

Walker has spoken of his delight at penning a new deal and is glad to be extending his stay at the club.

“It’s fantastic. When I first signed here at the age of 18, I always wanted to make it a long stay,” the defender told Tottenham’s official website.

“The lads are fantastic as well as the manager and everyone surrounding the club – it just makes it a lot easier when they do offer you a contract to sign it.

“I’m very thankful to the chairman for giving me an extension on the contract and hopefully I can repay him by putting the performances in on the pitch and getting that top four spot.”

Walker also stated that he felt that Andre Villas-Boas’ current squad was good enough to get into the top four, and that he wanted to improve his own game through hard work.

“Tottenham have always had great players and it has gone very well for us since the start of the season,” he continued.

“The players we’ve got and the depth around the team is very good, so it’s bright things (ahead) for Tottenham and hopefully everything comes together.

“I’m still young and I’m still learning my trade. Hopefully I can improve and take note of the experienced players here to make myself a better player.”

But just how important is Walker to Tottenham?

For Villas-Boas, in a squad that is rotated regularly, it will be a relief to have one position that has a stalwart ready to play when available. At left-back Spurs have changed it up and played different players, so it is a bonus to have a settled right-back.

Going forward Walker has shown that he is capable of being an excellent additional asset, and seemingly works well with Andros Townsend on the right flank.

His pace at the back is an essential asset, and allows for the presence of the slower Michael Dawson inside him.

Walker has admitted that he needs to improve in some areas, with his positional sense and lack of urgency in dangerous situations apparent in some of Spurs’ games this season.

Despite this, Walker will be a mainstay in the Tottenham team that fights for the top four this year and can go on to be an important man for club and country over the course of his contract extension.

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