42 passes, 12 duels won: Tottenham star Kyle Walker performs well at Bournemouth

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Kyle Walker starred as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Bournemouth 5-1 on the south coast.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker put in a superb performance as his side crushed newly-promoted Bournemouth 5-1 at Dean Court.

The visitors got off the worst possible start, going 1-0 down within the first minute as Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie got the better of Danny Rose before firing past Hugo Lloris.

However, the hosts’ joy was short-lived and a Harry Kane equaliser from the penalty spot was soon followed by a burst of Spurs pressure which proved too hot to handle.

Kane helped himself to another two goals during his side’s 5-1 drubbing of Bournemouth and will rightfully earn the plaudits from Premier League pundits and observers alike.

  TacklesDuel WinnersInterceptionsBall RecoveriesAccurate PassesMins Played
Kyle Walker 4 12 4 7 42 82

However, he wasn’t the only player to perform exceedingly well with Walker an influential figure in his usual attacking right-back spot, as illustrated by the table provided by Opta Stats above.

The England international contributed with four tackles, four interceptions, seven ball recoveries and 12 defensive duel winners – the latter as good as any other outfield player at Dean Court.

Walker is seemingly in a two-way tussle with Kieran Trippier for the regular right-back slot, yet based on recent performances between the two there can only be one winner.

Walker, 25, has started all ten Premier League fixtures to date and considering the club’s Europa League position, he could well start Spurs’ next European home encounter against Anderlecht too.

The victory over Bournemouth leaves Manuel Pochettino’s side on 17 points, just five short of leaders Manchester City who had to settle for a 0-0 draw away at rivals United.

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