Kyle Walker has added another string to his bow so far this season at Manchester City. Gareth Southgate’s England squad have also benefited from a tactical shift from Pep Guardiola involving the City full-back. The City leader scored his first goal for his country in the 1-all draw with the Ukraine on Saturday.
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This season has seen Walker line up more in a right-wing position at times for the treble winners. With the shift of Phil Foden into midfield, and injuries and illness at times to other key players in the squad, Walker has shown another side to his game.
The move has seen Walker showcase his elite fitness to track back when required, and his nouse in attack. He’s become a weapon going forward that has filled the void on the right-hand side left by Riyad Mahrez’s departure. Also, the shift of the full-back has allowed Phil Foden to drift centrally where he has shone so far this season.
Pep Guardiola’s shift of Kyle Walker is yet another tactical masterstroke from the City boss. It follows in the footsteps of his move of John Stones last season which became crucial in City’s treble success last campaign. Pep’s always been ahead of the curve with his tactical moves, the Stones shift and Walker’s move to feature more in attack are even more examples of this.
It will be interesting as the season progresses and players return to full form and from injury if Walker persists in an advanced role. But it is handy to know if the need arises for the champion’s Walker is willing and able to do what the team requires.