Whoever is given the task of replacing Kyle Walker on the right of Tottenham Hotspur’s defence, should the England international move to Manchester City this summer, will have big boots to fill.
There aren’t many full-backs in world football as rapid, as energetic or as thrilling to watch as the former Sheffield United prospect, who has evolved into one of Europe’s best under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.
Walker has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester City
Though, given a few years, Jeremy Toljan could run him close. At just 22 years of age, the German is arguably further along in his development than Walker was at the same stage, helping Hoffenheim qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history last season.
And a wide-eyed English audience is already alive to his talents. Germany may have had to rely on that old ally, the penalty shootout, to defeat Aidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions at the semi-final stage of this summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Poland.
Yet, if Germany’s forwards had been as sharp as their rampaging right-back, they could have clinched a place in the final with far less hassle. Toljan was a constant menace, his rapid pace and expert deliveries running the left-side of England’s defence ragged.
Sky Sports reported last month that Toljan’s performances had earned him a place on Spurs’ radar but BleacherReport now claim that they are prioritising another highly-rated German right-back; Bayer Leverkusen’s Benjamin Henrichs.
However, if the Twitter response to Toljan’s performance against England is anything to go by, he is ready made to be Walker’s long-term successor.
Toljan set up three goals at the tournement, including the winning goal against Spain the final
Toljan will be a starter for Germany in the world cup.— Enes (@GoonerEG) July 2, 2017
Toljan should be Germany's starting RB— Naż (@NabardWaissi) July 2, 2017