Could Walker become the next Bale?

by Matthew Harris on October 27, 2011

While the headline hinted at a surprise Serie A move for a Spurs defender, perhaps it wasn’t much of a shock at all to see Roma linked with Kyle Walker yesterday.

The story seems to have broken in the Italian press and has suggested that Roma are hopeful Spurs will sell and maybe look to replace Walker with Kyle Naughton. Needless to say, that seems unlikely to say the least but it’s interesting to see Walker already reaching the status of the likes of Gareth Bale as a target for top European clubs.

At the same time, the comparison with Bale’s rise raised another issue and a possible change of role for Walker that seems a fairly logical one. Bale is essentially a converted left back who is far more dangerous when shorn of his defending duties and allowed to attack defenders at every opportunity.

We’ve seen Kyle’s qualities as an attacker on the right flank, as evidenced by his winning goal against Arsenal and his run and pass to set up VDV’s first at the weekend. If Walker’s defending qualities remain an issue and with Aaron Lennon far from his best, there could be a ready answer to the right wing issues within the squad.

With Kyle Walker being one of the few members of the Premiership side given a run out in the Europa League, that tournament could give Harry the perfect opportunity to test that theory.

The question therefore is, does Kyle Walker’s future lie on the right wing?

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