Ex-Tottenham man Darren Anderton sees Kyle Walker creating a 'buzz'

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Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Darren Anderton believes Kyle Walker will create a 'buzz' in the ranks upon his return from injury.

Tottenham Hotspur are expected to hand Kyle Walker a welcome return to competitive action when they face Besiktas in the Europa League on Thursday.

The attacking full-back has missed nine months with an abdominal problem, with his last outing coming way back on March 13.

An untimely injury dashed his World Cup dreams with England and has seen him cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines as Spurs have struggled for consistency at the start of the current campaign.

He is, however, back to full fitness and ready to offer Mauricio Pochettino a boost on the right of his defence.

Former Spurs winger Darren Anderton believes the 24-year-old will help to lift the mood around White Hart Lane, with his all-action approach set to inspire those on the field and in the stands.

He told Sky Sports News: “I think he’ll give the place a buzz. He plays with energy, in the way that he marauds, gets the crowd going. I think that’s a good thing for Spurs.

“I know people question his defending at times but in terms of getting the place going and getting more intensity as a team, that’s certainly one thing he does.”

While Walker’s return will be embraced by Pochettino, it does offer him something of a selection and tactical headache.

England U21 international Eric Dier has been operating at right-back, but has expressed a desire to fill a more central role long-term.

He may now get his wish, but that will mean one of Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul missing out.

There may be the option to switch to 3-5-2, with Walker and Danny Rose capable of getting up and down the flanks, but that would force a reshuffle in midfield.

Questions, questions, questions, but that is what top-level sport is all about and a change in approach may be no bad thing for a Tottenham side yet to fulfil its potential this term.

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