Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker has told the London Evening Standard that World Cup winner Philipp Lahm as the player he’s studying to become more successful.
Walker believes Lahm is a good example of everything a modern day full-back needs to be and has revealed he thinks he’s becoming a more experienced defender.
“Now I’m 24, I’m a bit more experienced and it’s not all about getting forward. Your main job as a right-back is to defend,” he told the Standard.
“Getting forward is a bonus. The modern-day full-back has to cover as much ground as possible, so you need to choose your runs and that’s what I like about Lahm.”
“His timing of runs into the box is unbelievable. I try to watch as many full-backs as I can, to study how they pick and time their runs and how they operate alongside wingers.”
You certainly can’ argue with Lahm’s record.
The 31-year-old German has won the Bundesliga six times, the Champions League once as well as the World Cup last year and two runners up medals in the European Championship.
It’s encouraging for Tottenham fans that Walker has picked such a successful role model to try and emulate but the circumstances surrounding Lahm’s role with Bayern Munich are different to the position Walker finds himself in.
Bayern Munich are undoubtedly one of Europe’s top teams and odds on favourites to win the Bundesliga each season.
Walker finds himself in a Tottenham team which is still developing under Mauricio Pochettino and adapting to the Argentine’s methods.
Perhaps the most encouraging part of Walker’s comments is that he’s not content with his status at Spurs and he can’t afford to be now that DeAndre Yedlin has come in and will put pressure on him.
If Walker can have a fraction of the success that Lahm has experienced in his career then he’d probably take it.