Kyle Walker has admitted to still being ‘in dreamland’ after making his Tottenham debut against Portsmouth on Saturday.
Walker was suprisingly recalled from his loan spell at Sheffield United in January after both Alan Hutton and Kyle Naughton were allowed to leave on loan deals, with the 19-year-old having only joined Spurs in the summer.
He made his first appearance in a Spurs shirt in the victory over Portsmouth, filling in for the injured Vedran Corluka.
The right-back impressed his manager after player a key role in Niko Kranjcar’s goal and has stated his disbelief at being part of the first-team so soon into his Tottenham career.
Walker told the Spurs Official Website, “I would never have thought a year ago that I would be stood here challenging for a Champions League place within a squad like this.
“The closest I got to playing with the likes of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe was when I signed them on Football Manager! It’s mad, but let’s hope it continues.
“I’m thankful the gaffer put his trust in me to play and now he’s seen what I can do. I’ve just got to keep working hard in training and in the gym.”
Walker acknowledges that a home game against troubled Portsmouth was the ideal way to ease his way into the first-team and knows that harder challenges will face him ahead.
“It was good to get out there because I’d been itching to do so for a while. It was a good game in which to make my debut if you can say that.
“Hopefully the games will keep getting harder for me so I can improve as a player. I’m only 19 and all I want to do is keep improving and hopefully become a regular in the side.”
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