Tottenham Hotspur have one player on loan in MLS: Anton Walkes, who is with Atlanta United for the duration of the MLS season. Yesterday, against the San Jose Earthquakes, Walkes got his first career first team goal for Atlanta, bundling in a cross at the back post to put Atlanta up 3-2 en route to an eventual 4-2 win. Check it out!
.@AntonWalkes make it 3-2— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 5, 2017
What a time to score your first ever goal for #ATLUTD! pic.twitter.com/MlkwX1n3gh
Walkes has not been a regular starter for Atlanta this season — after scoring an own goal right after being subbed on in the first match of the season, he’s been a rotation option, either sitting on the bench or omitted from the side entirely. But more recently, he’s been getting a run of games, deployed as a right back or a right sided midfielder, despite his primary position being in central defense. Since coming back from a calf injury, Walkes has started and gone the full 90 minutes in each of Atlanta’s last three matches, which suggests that he’s earning the trust of manager Tata Martino.
Anton is getting some good experience in MLS this season, but right now his prospects of cracking into the Tottenham first team appear rather slim. We’ll see whether his time with former Tottenham exec Darren Eales’ Atlanta United will lead to a permanent transfer when his loan expires at the end of December.