When Kyle Walker was called into the England squad last season, Roy Hodgson's call was met with derision.
He had returned from a long lay-off and was instantly rewarded with an international cap, even though his form did not merit it.
This time around the right-back is better value, and figures show he has been Tottenham's best defender this season.
Rating a defender on the basis of key performance indicators, tackles won, interceptions, aerial duels won, and shots blocked, while factoring in any goals or assists made too - Walker comes out on top this campaign so far.
|Won Tackles||Interceptions Won||Aerial Duels Won||Accurate Crosses||Shots Blocked||Assists||Goals||Total||Appearances|
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino made clear in the summer that Walker's position was under threat, by bringing in Burnley's Kieran Trippier, who has so far been used for cup games.
Walker has seen off competition, and performed at a high level this campaign. He gave little to dangerous Swansea winger Jefferson Montero at the weekend, who has made a habit of embarrassing high profile defenders.
The right-back has won as many tackles as Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies combined, and also leads the defence in interceptions.
His defensive improvement has led to a downturn in his attacking production, delivering just one accurate cross this season to date. This is an area he needs to get right, but must ensure his defending continues in the same way in which he has started.