In the second part of The Boot Room’s series to find the Premier League Team of the Season, we move to right-backs – the first of the outfield positions examined. Read on to discover the top five contenders, and don’t forget to pick your choice in the poll at the end of the article.
The Spurs stalwart has overcome injury problems that have plagued him somewhat in recent times and now appears to be a much better-rounded player than at any point before his prolonged lay-off. Progressing from his more tender years and approaching the peak of his career, Kyle Walker is much more defensively sound than in seasons past and has grown immensely in terms of maturity and decision making. Walker’s searing pace is still employed to get his side out of trouble but is just as potent in the opponent’s half too, if not even more so than in the past because of a significantly improved final ball.
Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, and Heung-Min Son have all played on Spurs’ right flank for spells this season, and none of them are a natural wide-man who aspire to hug the touch-line, instead preferring to come in-field. Therefore, Walker’s ability to work up and down the right flank is crucial in maintaining the North Londoners’ balance. He provides an option for team-mates in possession and stretches the opposition’s defensive cover, leaving them with a difficult choice to make – leave Walker unmarked or increase the space available in the middle of the park. Kyle Walker’s displays for Spurs have been no less important than any other during their title-chasing campaign, and will probably head into Euro 2016 as Roy Hodgson’s preferred option on the right of the defence.