BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Barclays Premier League between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on May 6, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
The Guardian has done a fantastic interview with Kyle Walker, which I recommend that everyone go to and read in its entirety. He talks about lots of things, from his career and winning the PFA Young Player of the Year, to Andre Villas-Boas, the Champions League and Tottenham's collapse last season.
I thought the most interesting part of the interview were his quotes on how he's going to fit into Villas-Boas' system, how the players are getting on with him, what they think of him and what the team's goals are for the upcoming season. Everyone will be super happy to learn that he's optimistic and has his sights set on winning things.
"As an attacking full-back, I'm excited to work with him. He's going to give another dimension to my game. We've seen in training that you have to be on it 24:7. That's what the team needs to go further. If he does play 4-3-3, it will benefit me, showing what I can do further up the field and letting the winger worry about me.
We're a totally different team to Chelsea [Villas-Boas's last club] and you don't judge someone by previous things that have happened. We need to take him in. It's a good bunch of lads here. There's no egos, nobody who is going to disturb the camp. He's going to give us a chance; we're going to give him a chance. Hopefully we'll gel and win trophies."
Walker doesn't have the technically prowess of, say, Alvaro Pereira or even Ashley Cole, but his pace and fitness will make him a good fit for Villas-Boas' attacking 4-3-3 if he can improve his decision making and crossing a bit. He's a young player who played quite a bit of central defense as a teenager, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Walker make significant improvements in these areas over the next couple of years.
I also like the subtle shot at Chelsea's players.