Last year heralded an impressive breakthrough season for Kyle Walker but as 2012-13 drew to a close, his second full campaign in a Spurs shirt attracted a fair amount of criticism from a section of the club’s fans. Kyle struggled at times at the back and didn’t have the same impact going forward and we didn’t even see any spectacular strikes to cover an indifferent performance.
Speaking on the club’s official website, the player looked back on the season and revealed that he is his own worst critic.
“I set myself high standards last season and I’m pleased I did, but once you set those standards, if you then fall below them people start to get on your back a little. But I’m the first to have a word with myself and say I ‘could do better’,” Walker said.
Kyle also revealed the frustration that must have temporarily caused him to suspend his Twitter account in the middle of the campaign.
“If I’ve had a bad game, I’m straight home and it gets to me,” he added.
“I shouldn’t let that happen but I’m passionate and want to win things. I want to play to the best of my ability and anything below means that I’m not happy.”
But despite a difficult second season, head coach Andre Villas-Boas must have had faith in the England international who made more club appearances than anyone else during 2012-13.
“I’ve played 100 games in two seasons – that’s a lot of games – and it took a while to get in the team,” he acknowledged.
“I was patient, got my chance last season and I have to keep doing the things that got me a chance in the first place. I want to win things here.”
AVB’s faith must be set to continue when the new campaign starts in August but should Kyle have more competition at the Lane, either from Adam Smith or from new personnel once the transfer window reopens?