Walker won't rule out title


There is absolutely no reason why Tottenham should not be considered genuine title contenders this season, says Kyle Walker.

The 21-year-old defender has played an integral part in Spurs' scintillating run of form which has propelled them to third in the Barclays Premier League table.

Walker insists the players are not getting ahead of themselves as they prepare for Sunday's trip to the Britannia Stadium, where they face a resurgent Stoke City side, but refuses to rule the club out of the title-race.

"It's not impossible," he said at a Sportingbet Fans' Forum. "It's not a fact that we can't, so why not? If we keep playing the football we do, who knows where we can finish up?

"But we are not getting big-headed. We are looking forward to the game against Stoke. These are the sort of games you need to pick up three points from if you are going to be contenders.

"You know what you are going to get from Stoke - the long throw-ins and the knockdowns, while Peter Crouch poses a threat as we well know. Anything they throw at us we are more than capable of dealing with."

Tottenham head north this weekend on the back of six consecutive league wins, and Harry Redknapp's side have earned plaudits this season for their free-flowing, attacking football.

"Sometimes at the back I just stand there and watch - I feel like clapping myself," added Walker.

"Some of the football Luka Modric, Rafa van der Vaart, Manny Adebayor, Jermain Defoe and the two wingers - Azza Lennon and Gareth [Bale] - play is a joy to watch and it's a joy to play with them. An honour really.

"They've got a number of Premier League games under their belts and are very experienced. We have that all the way around the park.

"I played with Brad Friedel at [Aston] Villa and it's good to have him behind you talking to you and guiding you through the game.

"I'm up for learning. What's happened to me in the last two years, coming from Sheffield to where I am now, is crazy."

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