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Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters must avoid following path of previous assist record holder

Kyle Walker-Peters was out to make an impression against Bournemouth and did just that with three assists in 19 minutes at Wembley Stadium on Boxing Day.

In doing so, he became the fastest player to do so since Stephen Ireland did so 10 years ago in just 13 minutes, ironically as his Manchester City team notched five on Boxing Day in 2008, though Hull City did manage to score one in return.

However, the 21-year-old will be desperate to avoid following a similar career path to the midfielder, who was just 22 at the time and looked to be a player to be one of the first names on the teamsheet for years to come.

26th December 2018, Wembley Stadium, London England; EPL Premier League football, Tottenham Hotspur versus AFC Bournemouth; Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with Kyle Walker-Peters as his shot takes a deflection and goes in for 1-0 (photo by Shaun Brooks/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Instead, his career tapered off and Ireland abandoned the dream of succeeding at the top of the Premier League, moving to play for the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle, Stoke City and now Bolton Wanderers.

Walker-Peters is clearly intent on succeeding with Tottenham and earning a regular spot and recent signs suggest that he may be able to do so, particularly under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.

However, the tale of Ireland will be a cautionary one for Walker-Peters who must keep up his work rate and efforts that have got him this far and keep his fingers crossed to avoid injury costing him.

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