Kyle Walker: Pep Guardiola has given me a different role this season

Kyle Walker is one of the Premier League’s fastest players, but Manchester City’s flying right-back knows he is getting no younger and now has to pick and choose his runs.

The 28-year-old has revealed that his role has been adjusted slightly by Pep Guardiola this season, with a greater focus on controlling attackers and less on bombing forward.

Walker still gets up the pitch but is now being more conservative about when he does.

“My role is a little bit different, where I am tucking in a little bit more and trying to control people,” Walker told the Manchester Evening News.

“I still have the licence to go forward, but now I’m getting older it’s probably more about picking and choosing my runs, rather than up and down the wings as I was at Tottenham!”

In his two Premier League games this season, Walker has yet to make a cross from the right-hand side, with City focusing more on getting the ball to the left-sided Benjamin Mendy to send balls into the box.

The England international has been criticised by some for lacking concentration in defence, and his slightly more conservative role may allow him to focus on becoming a more disciplined defender for the Blues.

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