Walker admits surprise at PFA Young Player award

Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker has admitted his surprise at being named PFA Young Player of the Year.

The 21-year-old was the shock winner of the award last night despite competition from Sergio Aguero, Gareth Bale, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Aguero and Bale seemed to be the frontrunners for the award, with the Argentinian scoring 22 Premier League goals in his debut season with Manchester City and the Welsh winger scoring 10 and assisting 11 in the league.

Walker, who was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, enjoyed a quality season for Spurs and looks set to be England’s starting right-back at Euro 2012.

Walker said, “I was a bit surprised because defenders don’t normally get these awards and get the limelight as much as the centre-forwards

“If you look at the people I was in with then it is a great honour to get the award and hopefully there is more to come.

“It is always an honour to be selected by the people you play against and hopefully I can get a few more of these and some medals with Tottenham along the way.”

Walker joined Spurs in 2009 but spent time on loan at Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.

The 21-year-old broke into the Tottenham starting line-up at the start of the 2011/12 season and only missed one Premier league match for Harry Redknapp’s team.


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