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Kyle Walker to Manchester City: A step forward or backward for the Englishman?

Sunday 16th July 2017
Following his move from Tottenham to Manchester City, Kyle Walker instantly became the most expensive defender in the history of football. Record-breaker and all, did Kyle Walker take the right move for his career?

Everyone would agree that money, plenty of it, makes the world go round - football inclusive. For most footballers, money has become a major determinant of which badge they pull up and kiss. Whereas Fernando Torres is a Liverpool fan, he would gladly move to Chelsea for £50 million, score a goal, run to the Shed end and kiss the Chelsea badge. And then we have a Kyle Walker, groomed by Spurs, but he'll happily thank the fans, the manager and move away from the club he joined as a teenager to sign for their direct rivals. Money speaks, loyalties change.

In a “crazy” transfer window that has seen Premier League clubs spend an excess of £500 million, Kyle Walker has joined City for an initial fee of £45 million, add-ons should nudge that up to £50 million. It makes Walker the most expensive defender in the world; he'll also become the most expensive English footballer, if or when the Citizens eventually pay Spurs that additional £5 million.

Walker couldn't wait to jump on the Pep Guardiola train; he's said his goodbyes to Spurs fans and will now travel with Pep's group for City's preseason tour of the USA.

The Spurs Walker walked away from

Walker, 27, is a pretty good right-full-back, perhaps one of the best in the world and his time at Spurs can be highlighted by some stunning performances. Nevertheless, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino has gradually grown to become less and less dependent on individuals; but on teamwork.

The result of Poch's great work is that Tottenham Hotspur has become one of the strongest teams in the Premier League. Consistently, Spurs have been a tough contender for the Premier League during the last two seasons – chasing it down the wire on both occasions. Last season, Pochettino's men finished the season as Premier League runner up, just behind Chelsea. That is Spurs' best finish in the division since the 1962-63 season.

With the way Pochettino is building his team, I won't be surprised if they win the league next season. They've kept their best players, with exception to Walker, who for me can easily be replaced by Kieran Trippier.

Why leave a team just when they're about to strike Gold?

The Man City, Walker is walking into

Kyle Walker joins a Pep Guardiola side which still looks very much like a lab experiment. Pep has been recruiting his mercenaries for a whole lot of money while hoping and praying that these tested legs can at least win him something next season – even an EFL Cup will be appreciated. Over £170 million has already been spent by the Etihad club so far.

Walker said of Guardiola:

"Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world...I feel he can help me take my game to a new level."

“Respected”, true, but that he'll take your game to a new level is still under probability. The former Barcelona boss won't be too patient with anyone after such lavish spending. Mauricio Pochettino was already doing a great job helping Walker be the best in his position; the English fullback was joint assist leader (5) in the league among defenders last season. The 27-year-old also makes the cut for the top four most creative defenders in the league with 39 chances created, behind Milner (57), Baines (46) and Clyne (45).

Leaving Spurs for Manchester City was such a bad idea for Walker. The move benefits the Lillywhites much more than it does him. He'll earn more money, but his career will be none the better.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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