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Kyle Walker Completes Transfer to Manchester City from Tottenham

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2017

STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Stratford, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester City have reached an agreement to sign Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker.

Spurs announced the England international's departure via their official Twitter account on Friday.

Walker has left Spurs after eight years and more than 200 appearances for the club, and he also earned 27 England caps during that time.

The 27-year-old had long been a promising player, but since Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at Spurs in 2014, he has kicked on to become not only one of the best right-backs in the Premier League, but perhaps also among the best in the world.

Walker has the pace and endurance to get up and down the right flank throughout 90 minutes, and he's an important contributor at both ends of the field.

Going forward, he's capable of beating players, but most importantly he has the end product to accompany it—he contributed five assists in the Premier League last season, and only Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane created more than his 39 chances, according to Squawka.

Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kyle Walker (L) vies with West Ham United's Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at The London Stadium, in east London on
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The full-back is excellent in carrying out his defensive duties, too, capable of winning the ball on the ground or in the air in equal measure, and he's always assured in shepherding the ball out of play for a goal-kick.

Being so good at both ends, Walker is suited to playing as a right-back or further forward at wing-back.

While Spurs still have a strong alternative in Kieran Trippier, they have undoubtedly lost one of their most valuable players in Walker.

Meanwhile, City have acquired an outstanding player who will immediately improve their output and solidity on the right.  

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