Tottenham’s Walker moved on loan to Aston Villa in 2011.
Walker spent half a season on loan with Aston Villa in the 2011/12 campaign, and he has been quoted by talkSPORT as admitting that it was vital to join the Midlands side to continue his development at that time.
The English international said: “When Gerard Holler wanted to take me to Villa, it was something I needed to do. I was in my comfort zone a bit in the Championship [with QPR], so I wanted to see if I could take the next step. I did that, and got my England call-up a few months later. It’s vital to go out on loan and try to get that experience.”
Walker moved to Spurs in the summer of 2009, immediately heading back on loan to first club Sheffield United. He spent the spell with the Blades, before making the loan switch to QPR, and then jumping up to the Premier League in January 2011 when Villa came calling.
Walker, now 25, played 18 games for Villa, scoring two goals, and he found himself in the Spurs first-team when the next season started a few months after the end of his loan.
As well as helping him break into the Tottenham side, the loan spell also put him on the radar of the senior England international coaches, and he made his debut for the Three Lions in the latter stages of 2011.
That loan move was vital in Walker proving he was good enough for the Premier League, and a role in Tottenham’s first-team, and he was wise to accept the move up to the top flight with Villa when he could have easily stayed in the Championship, where he was impressing.
Walker is undoubted first-choice right-back at Spurs, and when fit, is good competition for Nathaniel Clyne at international level, and his decision to swap Spurs for Villa early in his career was central to his current success.