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Showing posts with label Kyle Walker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kyle Walker. Show all posts

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Selling Walker the right move


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When it comes to selling players, certainly from a business point of view, you want to sell them while they still command a good fee. If you keep them too long, as they get older their value drops, as possibly does their performance.

Kyle Walker wanted to leave. He wouldn't try and force a move, but Pochettino is creating a happy environment that is conducive to team spirit and good performances. It is an atmosphere where everyone fights for each other and a player who would rather be somewhere else isn't adding to that environment, they are detracting from it.

It made sense therefore from a footballing, as well as business point of view, to sell Kyle Walker for the best price possible. Manchester City could have bought any right-back they wanted, but they also need to buy home grown players, who command a premium fee. Strengthening them thus makes no difference, as they would have strengthened anyway. By selling to them we got a bigger fee than we would have done elsewhere where the home grown factor wouldn't come into play and thus would mean a decrease in the fee obtained.

“He’s one of the best full-backs in England and Manchester City have paid a lot of money – £50m – just like they have signed different players to try to get success in the future. But, for me, I think we have seen the best of Kyle with Tottenham. 
“We helped him improve and learn. When you pay this type of amount for a player, it’s because he’s top and because you are at your best. Then it’s normal that he will succeed. It’s a big pressure because when you pay for some players, the pressure to perform as well in every game becomes greater. It will be different, the pressure, for him. But there is no doubt that he is a quality player, a talented player. And there is no doubt that he will succeed with Manchester City. We never had a problem. Never,”

If Mauricio Pochettino was happy to let him and go and feels Spurs have seen the best of him then I for one am happy to go along with his decision, yes his decision, not Daniel Levy selling him because someone had offered a lot of money.

Time for Kieran Trippier and the new right-back we buy to step up to the plate and improve.


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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Aubameyang, Trippier and Walker, Microsoft move into sports training


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Chelsea have been trying to buy 28-year-old (28 next June) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund but he is heading back to AC Milan I hear, although there are other reports suggesting he is staying in Germany, which may just be Dortmund trying to maximise his transfer fee.

In 2017 Spurs right-back Kieran Trippier registered more assists (he had 5) than any other Premier League defender. His crossing is a major plus and some of his first time volleys are simply world class. In the game today full-backs are attackers first and defenders second and have to be able to operate as wing-backs. Bot he and Danny Rose were former wingers converted to full-backs. Pochettino has turned both of them into England internationals.

Premier League Games
Kyle Walker 198 - 5 goals, 28 assists (an assist every 7.07 games) 
17.162 minutes (an assist every 612.93 minutes)
Kieran Trippier 56 games - 1 goal, 10 assists (an assist every 5.6 games)
4,438 minutes (an assist every 443.8 minutes)

2016/17 Premier League Games
Kyle Walker 6 assists in 33 games - 2,704 minutes (assist every 450.67 minutes)
Kieran Trippier 5 assists in 12 games - 564 minutes (assist every 112.8 minutes)

2016/17 All Games
Kyle Walker 6 assists in 39 games - 3,176 minutes (assist every 529.33 minutes)
Kieran Trippier 7 assists in 22 games - 1,464 minutes (assist every 209.14 minutes)

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Walker fee will be £55m plus add-ons


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I'm hearing the Kyle Walker fee is £55 million (€62.41m - AUS$91.78m - US$71.26m) plus add-ons, which is massively over his CIES Football Observatory estimated transfer value of £35.25 million (€40m - AUS$58.98m - US$45.62m).


CIES keep a note of their estimated and actual prices that take into account contract length in their algorithm and have proven over time to be accurate. They demonstrate what a great deal we are getting and gives us money to reinvest in the market.

We need to shift Moussa Sissoko, but his wages are a stumbling block. Marseille want him, but they will not pay him the £95,000-a-week he wants. We may have to give him a payoff to get shot of him so he can accept a lower wage at another club.

Pau Lopez is training with Tottenham which all but conforms a deal will be going through. That leaves us needing a right-back, centre-back if Kevin Wimmer leaves, an attacking midfielder who can play anywhere across the three behind a lone striker and a striker.

Ricardo Pereira (right-back) and Ross Barkley (attacking midfield) look to be two of the positions covered with Juan Foyth being bought as a centre-back for the future. Will Cameron Carter-Vickers be featuring more than people expect this season?

He could be out number one back up to Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in a back three.


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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

£15m Josh King bid? Alves, Aurier, Walker


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There is a suggestion that we have tabled a £15 million (€16.8m - AUS$25.24m - US$19.28m) bid for 25-year-old (26 next January) Bournemouth striker Joshua King.

The right-footed Norwegian international (he has 28 full international caps, scoring 7 goals) is under contract at the South Coast club until 2020 and has a transfermarkt.com valuation of £6.8 million (€7.62m - AUS$11.44m - US$8.74m).

With Dani Alves snubbing Manchester City and guaranteeing himself trophies by signing for PSG, Tottenham have been handed all the aces in the Kyle Walker to Manchester City transfer negotiations. If they want him they'll have to stump up the cash, unless Mauricio Pochettino insists he is sold.

With Alves joining, it does mean 24-year-old (25 in September) Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier may well be free to leave. The right-back has 39 full international caps, scoring 1 goal and won the Africa Cup of Nations with his country in 2015. He also has 12 trophies with PSG so could he interest Pochettino?

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Why the issue with selling one player? Trippier crates more chances than Walker.


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Successful people see opportunity everywhere, failures don't, their scotomas only allow them to see failure.

Looking forward, I don't see an issue with the sale of Walker.

There is no doubt that Kieran Trippier is a better crosser of a ball than Kyle Walker, some of his first time balls on the volley are world class. His first time ball for England was right out of the top drawer and something Walker struggles with.

Kyle Walker 27-year-old (28 next May) 6 assists in 3,107 minutes
Kieran Trippier 26-year-old (27 in September) 7 assists in 1,464 minutes

Kyle Walker creates a Premier League chance every 69.49 minutes
Kieran Trippier creates a Premier League chance every 48.83 minutes

There is no comparison is there, if we look just at the Premier League, Walker had 6 assists in 2,704 minutes and Trippier had 5 in 564 minutes. Again no comparison. With Trippier playing, now an England international of course, we have a greater threat from the right, the statistics prove it.

Trippier has developed under Pochettino and is a ready made replacement for Walker who will fetch around £50 million (€56.99m - AUS$84.68m - US$65.12m), which is then available for player acquisitions. We will, naturally, bring in an understudy for Trippier with Kyle Walker-Peters getting game time in the League Cup.

The full-back today is primarily an attacker and secondly a defender, some are still stuck in the past though and haven't moved their perceptions with the times and the changing face of football.

The team is being kept together, just one player of note leaving with a replacement already having signed a contract extension.

A stadium has to be paid to, everyone is aware of that, or at least they should be and we finished second in the table cutting our cloth to match our situation.

Sevilla won the UEFA Europa League three times on the trot and they don't buy superstars, they re-invent their team each season, buying players effectively in the transfer market, not throwing money at a problem.

Monaco have a buy low, improve and sell business model, they made the UEFA Champions League semi-final lass season and won the French league title. Did both these sides achieve what they have with a negative doom and gloom outlook?

No, they were open minded enough to see opportunity and to stick to a business model they thought could work for them, the same as we are doing at Tottenham. Both sides sell players, why is it so distressing to some we may sell the odd player we can replace?

Did people seriously believe we would never sell a player? Is there any proof we would be a lesser team without Kyle Walker? No. We have seen Pochettino improve all our full-backs so why can't he improve another? We have seen him convert Dier to a defensive midfielder, a right-back and centre-back.

The anti-Spurs writers should have a little more faith in Pochettino, I make no apologies for backing him and believe you all should be too.


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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Roma bid for Spurs traget and Walker doesn't want to lave Spurs


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According to latest Turkish news reports, Italian side AS Roma have just submitted a bid for a player we have on our list of possibles at Tottenham, 24-year-old (25 in September) Turkish international (he has 26 full international caps scoring 1 goal) playmaking midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup.

Özyakup plays for Beşiktaş and the Italians, who finished second in Seie A and qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League automatically, have bid £7.87 million (€9m - AUS$13.22m - US$10.08m), however the Turkish champions want £10.49 million (€12m - AUS$17.63m - US$13.44m).

He has a contract until 2018 so will be entering the last year of his contract next season and would be able to leave for free at the end of it.

The former Arsenal development player is also being tracked by Borussia Monchengladbach, Everton, Sevilla FC, and West Ham United.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Maguire medical, Seri, Trippier and Walker news


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In the news today, Kyle Walker is not pushing for a move away from Spurs although he will be sold if Manchester City fork out a minimum of £40 million with £60 million being our starting negotiation price.



Kieran Trippier made his England debut against France, a game in which Harry Kane scored twice against Hugo Lloris. A slow England performance against 10 men saw France win 3-2. Kane's second was his 30th goal in 2017 from 26 games for club and country.  14 of the last 26 England debutants have now been coached by Mauricio Pochettino at either Southampton or Tottenham.

Spurs have made a formal request about the availability of Nice midfielder for Jean Michaël Seri for whom his club have turned down an offer from Roma.

It is thought that 24-year-old (25 next March) Harry Maguire, the Hull City centre-back, is having a medical at Leicester City tonight so if true another we can cross off the list.


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Friday, 26 May 2017

Pochettino, Deeney and Walker to Bayern Munich



As ever with our trips abroad we do more than just fly in to play a game of football and fly out again. We meet and greet, we undertake PR activities within the community and our Global Coaching Team always set up a coaching programme.

We get our brand known as one that cares about and helps a community rather than just a football club. It is all about connecting and leaving everyone with the right impression.

Mauricio Pochettino, his coaching staff, new England squad member Kieran Trippier and Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen helped out at a coaching session. Read all about it at the official Tottenham Hotspur website.

Report: WBA willing to offer 28-year-old (29 in June) Watford striker Troy Deeney £100,000 a week deal. That is insane. Watford want a £25 million fee.

The world and his wife seem to think Kyle Walker is heading to Manchester City where he could treble his wages, but there is plenty of speculation in Germany that Bayern Munich want him to replace the retiring German international right-back Phillipp Lahm. They have been tracking him for a while and reports suggest they are prepared to pay £34.83 million (€40m - AUS$60.30m - US$44.87m) for him, which, if true and if Pochettino has decided to let him leave, we should take.
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Kyle Walker and player tweets


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There was no tweet from Kyle Walker after the North London Derby, there normally is after a game. He was left out of the semi-final and was left out for Kieran Trippier yesterday. Should we read anything into that? Hw walked quietly off the pitch at Crystal Palace I believe too.

When a player doesn't want to be at the club forcing them to stay can damage an environment. Mauricio Pochrttino said in a recent press conference they will do what is best for Tottenham Hotspur football club in the summer. Perhaps he has Kyle Walker in mind. The Independent report that he has had a row and fallen out with the boss and if true, there is only one thing that will happen from there.

He played against Crystal Palace but wasn't at his best and it appeared he wasn't sufficiently concentrated on the game, too much going on off it perhaps. The 26-year-old (27 in May) only signed a contract in September which runs until 2021 so if the club decide to sell he will command a top fee and we will no doubt sell him abroad.

Kyle Walker has made seven defensive errors since the beginning of last season; more than any other Tottenham player in that time.

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Spurs Official - The perfect derby day send-off for our historic home...
Michel Vorm - Well played boys. Great derby win. Atmosphere was incredible at WHL. Good to be back in the squad again
Jan Vertonghen - Great feeling to win the NLD Proud to have made 200 appearances for
Jermain Jenas - mate, you were sensational today! COYS!!!
Eric Dier - Last NLD at The Lane and it was a good one
Dele - Atmosphere was amazing, thank you to all the fans.. north London is ours!!
Toby Alderweireld - What an atmosphere today in the last NLD at the Lane. Fans were brilliant! Big win


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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Two big games, two big transfer stories, coincidence?


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Just before the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, false stories emerged from one of Antonio Conte's friends, the highly unreliable Sky Sports Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, that Toby Alderweireld had asked to leave Tottenham. Alderweireld told everyone he was happy at purs and 100% here.

Now before another big game we have stories emerging about Kyle Walker with now the Sun inventing a £50 million price tag and suggesting we have told Manchester City that is what he will cost. Strange that it is the same figure the press invented for Danny Rose, lazy lot our press.

Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear nobody who is wanted at White Hart Lane will be sold this summer so there is no way we will have suggested he is by giving another side a price and in any case we wouldn't sell him to a Premier League club.

Funny how these things emerge right before big games isn't it, rather predictable our press and that predictability shows the stories are media invention.


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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Double the valuation


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Kicker magazine are the German outfit suggesting Bayern Munich are interested in buying 26-year-old (27 in May) Kyle Walker to take over from the retiring 33-year-old (34 in November) German international right-back Philipp Lahm.

Carlo Ancelotti is trying to convince the 113 capped Lahm to extend his career with the perennial Bundesliga champions. Bayern Munich technical director Michael Speschke was at Wembley for both FA Cup semi-finals which only fuels rumours.

The magazine suggest Walker might be acquired for £15.34 million (€18m - AUS$26.11m - US$19.67m) but transfermarkt (who undervalue players usually) have him valued by their algorithm at £17 million (€19.95m - AUS$28.94m - US$21.80m). I think the Germans would have to double the transfermarkt valuation.

Another rumour circulating is that Walker is very happy at Spurs and doesn't want to leave, his wife, however, is tired of London.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Bayern Munich interested in Walker, nothing to be worried about


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Another mountain out of a mole hill story from the Daily Star who are suggesting Bayern Munich interest in Kyle Walker is huge news. It isn't.

The former Premier League Young Player of the Year has made it plain in interviews with Spurs TV that he is very happy at the club and doesn't want to leave. The 26-year-old (27 in may) has become the undisputed England right-back under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino who has improved his game no end.

He has 5 assists this season, the moist for a full-back and puts in some brilliant crosses that go wasted when strikers don't anticipate one of his telling crosses. We still don't attack the 6-yard box enough, but instead try to react after the cross has been made, by which time it is too late.

The Daily Star want to suggest we have a fight on our hands to keep him, we don't. I ask you how many English players have gone to play in Germany when they have been wanted in England?

It seems the story comes from TMW, an Italian news outlet who collect stories and publish brief details. They suggest he has been put on Bayern Munich's list and that of Barcelona too, although Barcelona will have a new coach for next season who will need to be consulted.

At present, there is nothing in the story and nothing to worry about.


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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Walker, Rose, Alli, Dier as good as Xavi, Iniesta, Alonso, Busquets



Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola needs no introduction after his exploits at Barcelona and then guiding Bayern Munich to success. Now he has the task of rebuilding Manchester City and he wants to build it with an English identity.

The Spaniard compared four Spurs players, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Eric Dier to the famous four, Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, and Sergio Busquets, saying the English players were on the same level.

“From my experience in Spain and Germany and now here, you cannot imagine how good the young players here are. Like I could not imagine the generation of Lampard, (Michael) Carrick, Scholes, (John) Terry, Gerrard, (Rio) Ferdinand, they had the talent to do something more. 
“As a spectator, I don’t understand. For example, compare it with Spain who always talk about the generation of Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, (Sergio) Busquets. 
“Those English players are of the same level. So you ask yourself, why not? Walker, Rose, Alli, (Eric) Dier, John Stones, Raheem, they are top. The quality is there and they have the quality at U19 and U21 too. The talent is there, I have no doubts about that. They need to make that step.”

Recent news has suggested that Guardiola has now turned his attention away from Danny Rose to 23-year-old (24 in June) Schalke 04 and Bosnia left-back Sead Kolasinac, no doubt having been told there is absolutely no chance of signing Danny Rose.

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Rose has already expressed his desire to stay at Spurs at least until the end of his contract and is as close as any player to Pochettino, something the Spurs players all joke about. Equally Kyle Walker has an affinity with the club, while Alli and Dier are loving being part of a young talented group of players getting on so well and working in an environment where they are improving as players under the direction of a top coach.

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Walker and Rose have no need to move


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Thanks to the old eye injury flaring up again it has been a few days since my post in which I highlighted the wolf in sheeps clothing suggesting Harry Winks was the only successful product of our academy.

Over here we are pro instead of anti Spurs and I prefer to look at the overall picture and matters in context, rather than out of context simply to bash the club I love.

Take the Manchester City story. Pep Guardiola wants Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, but in all honesty there was little chance of him getting either and according to reports in the Sun, has now switched target, having had no joy trying to convince the pair their future lies away from White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have an English based side, a rarity among top sides. The rest seem to play a maximum of two and fill their quota with players who just sit on the bench or are youngsters unlikely to ever get more than the odd game. Sides like Manchester City are constantly looking for home grown bench warmers.

At Tottenham Walker and Rose are first choice, their position is established, they are in the England team because of Mauricio Pochettino's coaching. He has proven to the pair he can develop their game and shown the pair that Tottenham can compete for trophies and titles.

Playing at Wembley is a pull for any player so a season of it and then a magnificent new stadium gives further reason to stay where they are. Both have expressed a desire to stay publicly, both are happy and with a group of young friends. Both also have a feeling for the club that made them England regulars.

Moving offers no guarantees. There is no guarantee of a starting slot, no guarantee they will get on with the coach or like his methods, no guarantee the pair could carry out his instructions or play in the manner which he would like.

Yes they would get more money, but money for top footballers is only a consideration if all other desires are met. Anyone who has taken teacher training or a coaching course should be able to tell you about a hierarchy of needs being met. The need for the pair to move simply isn't there at the moment.



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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Walker - we want to achieve big things


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Walker - we want to achieve big things

Kyle Walker believes there is a togetherness in this group of players that is helping to spur each other on. There seems a genuine bond when we score a goal, the goalscorer doesn't try to take all the credit, those that play their part aren't forgotten and that s,all detail is an important point.

"Before we had the likes of Gareth, Adebayor was flying, Modric, Van der Vaart, King, Huddlestone, Azza, so there were players in that dressing room that I looked around and I'm missing names out like Crouchy, Kranjcar, it was fantastic.  
"But this as a team, a team of togetherness and that's in the dressing room on a Saturday, Monday to Friday it's probably better and it's more together. So listen, we're young, we're still learning, we want to achieve big things. As I said before it's still very early in the season and we just need to keep playing how we're playing and listen to the gaffer and just doing what we are doing really."


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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Walker and Rose showing Spurs loyalty



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They are an envied pair of full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, other clubs would love them and the two Manchester clubs have been linked by the press but there is nothing in the stories.

Kyle Walker says it is horrible to play against Danny Rose in training.
"He's horrible to play against, I can't stand it. He's always around you, he does not give you a moment's rest."
Danny Rose also talked about training to Sky and briefly described how the pair push each other on, he Rose, trying to match Walker and Walker no doubt doing the same. It's a healthy rivalry to have.
"It still carries on today. The gaffer never puts us on the same side in training but it's good for me. He's bigger than me, stronger than me, I have to think outside the box to stop him. 
"For me he's the best full-back in the league. I don't tell him this but [for games] I think, 'I've got to do better than Walks'. I look at what he's done - how many crosses he's put in, how many sprints he's made and try to match him."
You listen to them both and they are great mates who both want to stay at Tottenham. Danny Rose said hopefully he will still be here in 2021 and Kyle Walker would like to return to Sheffield United at the end of his career to help them as they showed great faith in him at the start of his career.

That to me suggest these two have that rare commodity today in football, loyalty. It helps that you are working under a great coach with a brand new stadium on the horizon and a young bunch of mates who all get along.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Walker and Rose an integral part of Spurs


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Both Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have improved under the guidance of former Argentinian centre-back Mauricio Pochettino. Both are now the first choice full-backs for England and thought by many to be the best full-back pairing in the Premier League.

It seems that Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho agree a report in the Sun suggests that both Manchester City and Manchester United would like to sign them.

Danny Rose has been linked with City for over a year but has a fantastic relationship with Pochettino, who told him he would make him an England international. Rose owes Pochettino a lot and they seem inseparable to teammates. The noises from manchester are that he is Pep Guardiola's number one target.

Jose Mourino is very keen on signing both but Tottenham will not want to sell either of them and offers will be rebuffed. If either player wants to leave and that looks unlikely, they will have to ask to leave the club or force their way out.

The story is from the gutter press of course and may have little or no truth in it, we certainly know Manchester City are interested in Rose, but as for the rest it sounds like plausible invention. Tottenham would have to replace both players and they are an integral part of the team. Manchester United have finished below us for the last few years and Daniel Levy doesn't like to sell to rivals, most clubs don't.

The chances created statistic supports the importance of Walker who has played 323 more minutes in the Premier League than Rose.

Most chances created by defenders in the Premier League this season 
  • Nathaniel Clyne (30) - 1,800 minutes - 0 goals, 2 assists
  • Kyle Walker (28) - 1,637 minutes - 0 goals, 4 assists
  • Patrick van Aanholt (27) - 1,603 minutes - 3 goals, 1 assist
Danny Rose has played 1,315 minutes, scored 2 goals and has 3 assists in the Premier League









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Friday, 16 December 2016

Pochettino has been great for Walker

Pochettino has been great for Walker

Mauricio Pochettino spoke after the game about the tactics used, a change from the norm against Hull City, in what was a confortable win.

"This season we are working hard to try to develop different formations, different systems to use this season to try to provide the team different solution and today we believe it was a better way to play in the way that we play.

"Yes, very happy, working well. The first two goals srrive for very good actions from our full-back, first of all Danny Rose and then Kyle Walker. It was supporting in a higher position to use them like a wing-back. It was a team Hull who play very deep, try to use sometimes the long ball or always the long ball. It was important to be very vigilant with Diomande and Snodgrass and try to move the ball quick and try to use the side to try to penetrate and then to put three, four players in the box to try to score."

Clearly creating from the wings was the plan and the involvement further up the field of Rose and Walker. Many a fan call for a pacy traditional winger, but if you employ them in the modern game then the attacking full-back becomes rather redundant, which is a waste of personnel for much of the game.

Our defensive record show we don't need the full-backs defending most of the time, but to maraud up and down the wings. Kyle Walker has certainly been working on his delivery because it is showing marked improvement from previous seasons, indeed he seems to be developing his game where previously he was stagnating. His passing and composure on the ball are more impressive now than the lapses he had before.

It would be a waste to see Rose and Walker defending, stuck behind a traditional winger. They are the best full-backs in the Premier League because they have such an attacking threat to their game.

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