He said: “When I was growing up I was a centre-forward, believe it or not, so Brian Deane was always a top favourite. He was a big favourite of mine, and I watched him score a lot of goals. Growing up, it was all about him, and I tried to model myself on him.”
Deane, who won three caps for England, is a hero for Blades fans due to his goalscoring feats with the club. He netted 83 goals in 198 games, including the first ever goal in the Premier League back in 1992.
Following his success, Leeds United signed Deane for a club record fee in 1993. He went on to sore 32 goals in 138 appearances for the Whites, an impressive, if not exceptional, record.
He returned to the Blades in 1997, and then spent the rest of his career travelling around a number of clubs. He returned to Leeds for a second spell, and also played for Sunderland and West Ham, before ending his career with a third spell at Bramall Lane.
Walker, who started his career with Sheffield United, has admitted that he watched Deane when he was young. Despite being a full-back now, Walker used to be a striker, and tried to base his game on Deane.
Whilst he is not the best defensively, Walker is praised for his attacking work and on-the-ball skill, and clearly Deane’s impact upon his childhood has influenced the game he plays today.