Manchester City defender Kyle Walker picked up another Premier League winner’s medal when his side held off the challenge of Liverpool to win the title by one point back in May.
Walker was also the fourth-highest scoring defender in EPL fantasy football for the season with 89 points from his 33 appearances (30 starts).
Aymeric Laporte was the only City defender ahead of Walker. Laporte earned 100 points in 2018/19.
Now 29, Walker joined Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City movement in July 2017 after a €56 million transfer from Spurs.
Last season, Walker scored one goal and provided one assist for the league champions. As you may have gathered, the lion’s share of his points arrived courtesy of City’s solid defensive performances.
Walker’s highest-scoring fantasy EPL games were when he earned six points for his efforts. This happened on one occasion – City’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield in January.
However, he had plenty of ‘five-pointers’, no less than 16, in fact. These were all games when Walker started and City kept a clean sheet.
Walker only finished with a minus points-total in four games all season. Those games were:
- City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in December (-1 point)
- Their 3-2 loss at home to Crystal Palace two weeks later (-2 points)
- The 2-1 defeat away to Newcastle in late January (-1 point)
- City’s 3-1 home win over Watford in March (-1 point)
Walker didn’t make the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for 2018/19, something he did achieve last season. However, the domestic treble he was part of with City will no doubt have made up for that.
Only the Champions League eluded Guardiola’s team, again. Will Guardiola, Walker and co keep their focus on domestic football in 2019/20 or will the overwhelming desire to win that first ever European Cup be a distraction?
At 29, Walker is well into the prime years of his career. He is contracted to Manchester City until 2024, meaning he will be past 33 when the current deal expires. If he has not been sold on before then, it will be interesting to see just how many winners’ medals Walker has earned at the Etihad and, of course, if they will have achieved European glory in that time.
For now, though, he may still be an astute EPL fantasy football purchase for next season as he remains Manchester City’s first-choice right-back.
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