How Kyle Walker can decide Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea

The England international right-back has an important role to play both going forward and defending.

London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea go head-to-head at White Hart Lane later today, with some intriguing personal battles set to take place.

Although a host of top-class players will take to the pitch, it will be one that has sometimes been maligned by his own club’s fans that could have a decisive say in the eventual outcome.

Kyle Walker has not always been flavour of the month with the Lilywhites faithful, with the England international right-back guilty of lapses in concentration and notable defensive errors as recently as last Sunday.

However, the former Sheffield United defender has a key role in play in the game against Chelsea, for two reasons.

Firstly Walker will be coming up against Eden Hazard, who has been looking much improved in recent weeks and will pose arguably the visitors’ biggest threat.

If the Spurs defender can keep the Belgian quiet, the hosts’ chances of picking up an invaluable three points would surely be boosted.

Secondly, Chelsea have had real issues at left-back this season, with the likes of Baba Rahman and Kenedy deployed in the position but not convincing with their performances.

As such, Spurs will surely look to take advantage of a potential weak link in the visiting rearguard, with Walker’s forward runs a potential avenue for attacking joy for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

After scoring against West Ham last week, an individual error allowed the Hammers to net a late consolation.

Walker will be keen to make amends this week, with a standout performance having the potential to win over some of his doubters and help Spurs record another three points in their top-four push.

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