Kyle Walker has impressed so far this season on loan at QPR as the West London club appear to be marching on promotion to the Premiership. His form meant Neil Warnock went about extending his loan past its original expiry date in October till January and was keen to keep him on to the end of the season. However, in what could be perceived as a bizarre move, Spurs decided to recall their young right back to the first team squad. With Alan Hutton in good form and both Younes Kaboul and Vedran Corluka able to cover at right back, the latter of which I was very impressed with when he replaced the injured Hutton against Fulham last weekend. So there would seem that first team opportunities would still be limited for the evidently talented 20-year-old.
Yet with Aston Villa having injury concerns over their right back Luke Young, who is suffering from a knee injury, they are keen to recruit someone to cover the position as they try to pull themselves away from trouble at the wrong end of the Premier League table. From a Tottenham perspective it would be great to see their young player gain Premier League experience at an established club that should really be in no threat whatsoever of going down. Aston Villa at the moment are very much promoting a youthful team, with young players forming the majority of the starting 11. Yet there are still a few mature heads such as Petrov, Heskey, Friedel and Robert Pires who have years of experience in the Premier League and from who Walker, along with the Villa coaching staff, could learn far more about the game than he could at QPR.
In addition to this the Premier League is played on a completely different level to the Championship, aside from the obvious step up in quality there is, the main difference between the two leagues is pace. The ball is zipped around the pitch much faster in the Premiership and players are given less time to dwell on the ball, their whole thinking process has to be made a lot quicker. Also mistakes are punished a lot more brutally in this division; he would not be able to get away with things he might be able to down in the Championship.
Also with Villa at the wrong end of the table and in a completely different position to the dominant QPR, he will discover a different aspect of the game as he goes into a struggling team. Perhaps more importantly Tottenham will learn how he will cope when thrown in at the deep end of a struggling team. As it is one thing to perform well and earn plaudits when playing in a team that is beating everyone in their sights. It is quite another thing entirely to walk into a dressing room that is distinctly low on confidence and forms a complete contrast to the atmosphere of QPR. My only concern is though that this baptism of fire could be too much for the young Walker and he fails to adjust to the dramatic shift in fortunes. Will he be made a scapegoat if he makes a costly mistake early on and is subsequently frozen out of the team? How will he be able to recover from that? Yet if he does survive it and manages to aid a Villa side, which is far better than their league position suggest, up the table and away from trouble he would come out of it a far better player for the experience and then perhaps be able to fight for a first team place at Spurs in the next campaign.
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