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The (Hopeful) Evolution of Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker had an immense performance against Basel in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinal. He also had a fantastic game against Everton. And again against Manchester City he was a dominant force. Now we've seen good matches from Walker before this season and last. He was on a good run of form in between the Sunderland and Liverpool games, rarely making a glaring mistake defensively and contributing his usual attacking output. I would say overall during this stretch he was an above average Premier League right back, however, the past three matches he has been nothing short of spectacular.

Something in these past three matches has been different for me though. Whereas most of the season he was using his incredible athleticism to make up for his subpar positioning and awareness, lately it has been used as merely a bonus. His positioning the last few matches is the best it's been in his entire career. He's been bossing and controlling the entire flank essentially by himself lately, the type of feat few fullbacks can achieve. The run of form he's been on has been that of a world class fullback in the making. Walker's passing abilities and raw athleticism is already matched by few others in the world at his position.

Many fans thought, myself included, that the injury to Lennon would leave Spurs exposed on the right wing, due to Lennon's phenomenal ability to track back and Walker's less than stellar record. But instead Walker has emerged, quick and powerful, as the full back we all hoped he would become. Against Everton he was given the daunting task of controlling the marauding Leighton Baines. Not only did he keep him completely under control, his attacking ability kept Baines pinned far deeper than he prefers. Walker's brilliant cross to the top of the box creating the equalizer against Everton, and he frequently put Baines to shame that game with his attacking prowess.

The equalizer against Manchester City also involved Walker somewhat. He ran on to the ball as though preparing a shot, drawing City's defense forward, only to hit a quick pass to Gareth Bale who set up Clint Dempsey for the goal. We've all known that his attacking abilities are unmatched in the Premier League, but now that his defense is shaping up, Walker is ready to take on the world.

But the real question is, can he keep this up? He's gone through runs of good form before. But I think this is the best he's played in his career and the most positionally aware he's been as well. What do you think, can Kyle 1 keep this up?

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