Kyle Walker all but gifted Liverpool a goal to bring them back into the game last weekend, where they went on to defeat his side 3-2 at Anfield.

It's hard to believe that this is the same player who this time last year was outstanding, going on to win PFA young player of the year at the end of the season.

So, where have Walker’s stellar performances gone that won him his first England cap? First it must be noted that the player has came on leaps and bounds in the last three years.  A successful loan experience at Aston Villa gave Walker his shot in Spurs’ first team, and he grabbed it with both hands.

However, this season, the young right-back has had some problems with his game. Walker's tremendously athletic, and able to cover the whole of the pitch several times a game. This though, has lead to an over-reliance on his speed to get him out of trouble, and sometimes this is just not enough.

Another problem in recent weeks, is his tendency to switch off at vital times. There has been more than one occasion this term when he has let fellow defenders down, completely oblivious to runs from out wide into his far post area.

In addition to these, Walker’s willingness to attack causes himself his own problems. Tottenham have thrived off of his work ethic, able to support Aaron Lennon at will and providing an extra option out wide in attack.

But it seems that this is distracting Walker from the defending aspects of his game. For now the player must get back to basics; work on special awareness and not rely on pace as his answer to attacking wingers.

Tottenham fans, myself included, will be dying to see the Kyle Walker of last season, bombing forwards with tenacity, but also cutting these poor lapses out of his game. If he manages to do this, a place in the 2014 World Cup squad shouldn’t be too far on the horizon.

 

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