Kyle Walker returns to league action with Spurs this weekend and the right back might just be grateful to get away from the international spotlight. The 23 year old is first choice at Tottenham and has just signed a new deal with the club but criticism of his performances never seems to be far away.
Walker started for England in Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Germany and this is just one of the post match comments received – in this instance from former Spur Jamie Redknapp.
“Kyle Walker worries me. I lost count of how many times the ball was played inside him because he doesn’t cover. He goes flying forward, but seems often to make the wrong choices and gets regularly caught out of position. Glen Johnson is a safer bet. You need to be more than an athlete.”
Sound familiar? There are other comments to go with it but are they justified in the wake of Tuesday’s game specifically and are they a concern when translated to displays at club level?