Kyle Walker plays down top-four hype as Tottenham go 12 games unbeaten

first_imgTottenham defender Kyle Walker has played down the side’s chances of ending their long wait for Champions League football, insisting the young Spurs side must ‘keep their feet on the ground’ as they continue their unbeaten Premier League run.The north London side have been a force home and away this term and have not dropped points since the opening day of the season, with Sunday’s impressive 4-1 London derby victory over West Ham extending their run to 12 games.Victory at White Hart Lane also lifted Spurs to within just two points of Arsenal in fourth place, and the ruthless manner of their display against the Hammers is perhaps a sign it will not take long for them to leapfrog their fierce rivals.Walker, who was on target with a wonderful outside-of-the-boot strike on Sunday, admits that morale is high within the squad, but he also warned his team-mates they must not allow their recent success to go to their heads.“It was a fantastic performance and every year people are saying about the top four, but this year we just need to concentrate on ourselves,” he told talkSPORT after the victory.“If we keep putting in the performances we are now, I don’t think many teams will come here and beat us and I think teams will struggle against us at their own grounds as well.“There has to be a belief [that they can make the top four] with how we’re playing, we’re all confident in ourselves and with each other and confident in the manager and what he’s trying to put across. I think that’s key, we’re taking steps in the right direction.“We’re playing with a smile on our faces. There’s a good togetherness, a good vibe about the place and it’s making the difference out there on the pitch.“But the main thing is keeping our feet on the ground. That’s vital, we can’t get ahead of ourselves.”With an average age of 24, Tottenham’s squad is the youngest of all the teams in the Premier League this season, with a line-up including the likes of Walker (25), Harry Kane (22), Dele Alli (19), Christian Eriksen (23), Eric Dier (21) and Erik Lamela (23) barely changing since the campaign kicked off.Their opening day defeat to Manchester United aside, the youthful Spurs side are yet to really face a major struggle this term, and Walker highlighted the importance of the role Tottenham’s more experienced stars will play when more difficult times do come their way.He added: “We’re a young team with not too much experience and that’s where the more experienced players, the likes of me, Jan [Vertonghen], Hugo [Lloris] , Moussa [Dembele], Toby [Alderweireld] and Danny rose, we need to get them together when times are tough.“We will have some tough times throughout the season – well, hopefully not but it will happen – but hopefully we can just keep this run going.“That’s the main thing. If we can just keep producing on a Saturday, Sunday and Thursday, that’s all that matters to me.”last_img read more