Rio Ferdinand has hailed Manchester Metropolis match-winner Kyle Walker because the ‘standout defender’ within the Premier League thus far this season.
Walker scored in opposition to his boyhood membership Sheffield United to offer Pep Guardiola’s males a 1-Zero victory at Bramall Lane within the early kick-off on Saturday.
It was the right-back’s 100th Premier League look for Metropolis and he marked the event with a tremendous long-range strike. However it’s his defending that has caught the attention of former Manchester United star Ferdinand.
“He’s been the standout defender within the league thus far,” Ferdinand informed BT Sport. “The best way by which he assaults the video games, he’s received dedication, he drives on the video games. He’s by no means enjoying in first gear, simply chilling, all the pieces’s achieved at a excessive tempo.
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“He should be a nightmare to play in opposition to, but additionally, defensively, he’s been very, very sound this yr. Pep Guardiola spoke actually excessive about him throughout the week as properly, so he’s doing all the pieces proper on the pitch.”
Requested what else had impressed him about Walker, Ferdinand replied: “I believe it is his consistency. Lots of defenders within the recreation, what you search for is consistency.
“What he does is management the entire right-hand aspect of his zone virtually, when he is in full movement. He is like a person amongst boys, typically, bodily. His physicality is one thing to marvel at. It is phenomenal, actually.
“However then clearly he is received high quality on the ball and might swap the ball from proper to left.
“All components of his recreation are actually working tremendous. His maturity as properly. Once you become older within the recreation, you get to the purpose the place you realize the sport inside out and you realize different folks’s positions.
“You possibly can see that confidence and massive leaders have left that altering room – (Vincent) Kompany, David Silva, and so forth. Now he looks like one of many leaders.”
Former Metropolis and Blades midfielder Michael Brown added: “They (Metropolis) had been totally dominant and it was an ideal efficiency from them.
“It was an ideal aim and, as Rio stated, he (Walker) is enjoying actually, very well. He has slotted in at centre-back when wanted and what Pep has stated about him is that he is been actually spectacular within the dressing room. He is good to have across the place.
“He is having fun with his soccer. He is received again within the England squad and he is actually having fun with the position. He probably hasn’t gone as far ahead because the Kyle Walker we have recognized, what with the set-up defensively that Manchester Metropolis have been about. However he is been the one – with all of the uncertainty on the again – that Pep Guardiola has actually been capable of depend upon.”
On the aim itself, Brown joked: “It was a collectors’ merchandise – I am undecided he meant it! I will have to offer him a little bit of stick over it, as a result of we cannot hear the top of it! He’ll be delighted. He would not get many, to be sincere.”