Manchester City’s captain Kyle Walker appears at home on the pitch. While the full-back has had well-publicised off-field issues on the pitch he appears to be approaching his best form. It speaks volumes of the mental strength City’s captain has to be able to put his off-field issues to one side to aid his team’s chase for history.
Kyle Walker was rested during last week’s 3-1 win over Burnley. He returned to the starting lineup for last night’s crunch Premier League fixture against Brentford. Walker put in a determined performance as helped Pep Guardiola’s side pick a crucial 3-1 victory at the GTech Community Stadium.
Across his last two performances, the City captain has begun to return to his best form. He put in a determined display against Tottenham in City’s FA Cup fourth-round tie win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Walker was better again in last night’s win. City’s right back was strong at the back when required and also good when his team had possession. He was a vital ingredient in Manchester City’s win last night.
Phil Foden will rightfully get the headlines for his virtuoso display against Brentford Kyle Walker’s return to form is becoming a story as the champions continue their winning run. Pep Guardiola’s side is a better unit when their captain is in form. He has shown that in his last two appearances for the world champions. His pace at the back and all-round defensive ability is an integral piece of City’s defence. His recovery pace is especially key with the high defensive line the champions employ.
While City’s captain and his personal life continue to be the subject of scrutiny he does deserve praise for his ability to perform on the pitch despite such intense scrutiny. Kyle Walker is a key piece of the world champions set up and he showed that again last night.