Tottenham’s Kyle Walker: I’ve set myself high standards

Kyle Walker says he is the first person to criticise his performances if he does not live up to his own high standards at Tottenham

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Andre Villas-Boas took charge of Tottenham last summer Photo: Back Page Images

Kyle Walker insists that he is the first person to criticise his performances if he does not live up to the high standards he has set himself at Tottenham.

The 23-year-old right-back played 36 of Tottenham’s 38 Premier League games last season after winning the PFA young player of the year award last year.

And the England international has revealed that he is his own harshest critic if he does not perform at the level he aspires to.

“I set myself high standards last season and I’m pleased I did, but once you set those standards, if you then fall below them people start to get on your back a little,” Walker told Spurs TV.

“I’m the first to have a word with myself and say I ‘could do better’.

“I’ve played 100 games in two seasons – that’s a lot of games – and it took a while to get in the team. I was patient, got my chance last season and I have to keep doing the things that got me a chance in the first place. I want to win things here.

“If I’ve had a bad game, I’m straight home and it gets to me. I shouldn’t let that happen but I’m passionate and want to win things. I want to play to the best of my ability and anything below means that I’m not happy.”

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