Kyle Walker is back to his best, says former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

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The enigmatic right-back has made a confident start to the season.

Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has praised Kyle Walker’s return to form and suggested he is returning to the level that saw him involved in the England set-up a few years ago.

The pundit named Walker alongside Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Harry Kane in his team of the week and praised the 25-year old’s commanding performance against Manchester City.

‘I remember this lad when he was trying to make a name for himself when he was on loan at Aston Villa. Injuries have mostly inhibited the progress the England international was making since his return to the Lane, but against Manchester City he looked commanding,’ wrote Crooks on his BBC feature.

‘There was a moment in the first half when Walker refused to let Sergio Aguero get past him in order to attack the ball from a set-piece - much to Aguero's annoyance. It was that determination and presence that I detected when he was making his way into the England squad and it's nice to see it in his performances once again.’

Injuries have blighted the flying full-back in recent years but he managed a full pre-season this summer and now looks to be firing on all cylinders.

Walker was instrumental in Tottenham’s excellent win over the former league leaders and his consistency at right-back has been one of the major factors in Spurs’ improved defensive record this season.

Eric Dier and Vlad Chiriches were often used as makeshift right-backs last season, in Walker’s absence, and the team’s balance suffered as a result.

His return, along with the arrival of Toby Alderweireld and the form of his rear-guard colleagues sees Mauricio Pochettino’s men boast the joint best defensive record, with five goals conceded in the first seven games.

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