It’s a weird, if not obvious narrative, that rears its ugly head whenever we play Man City or a team containing Kyle Walker.
This ‘oh he’s a Blade’ talk and ‘one day he’ll be back’ lark, something that, in my opinion, is a bit of a tiresome story.
Obviously, Walker got the winning goal yesterday and played well as Man City ran out 1-0 winners at The Lane. It was, of course, a fine strike from the England right-back to win the game.
Naturally, it came up in conversation in his interview after the game. In fairness to Walker, there was no celebration when he did bag. A nod to his hometown club and the club he still supports to this day.
But this talk of coming back to United at some point is just the stuff of dreams – or nightmares – in all honesty.
First off, Walker is at Manchester City. His contract with the club runs until 2024 and within that contract, he earns around £150k-a-week, according to The Independent.
Secondly, if he sees that contract out, he’s going to be 34. Do we really want to be delving into the market for a player who is on the decline, even though he loves the club? I’m not so sure.
My issue with the potential signing of Kyle Walker is not that he isn’t a good footballer. It isn’t. He’s won everything in England and has bags of experience. Obviously, like Phil Jagielka now, that could have a positive impact on the team.
But as mentioned, the only chance we have of landing Walker is when he’s into the twighlight of his career. And let’s not forget, this is a player who is heavily-reliant on his pace and power getting him out of situations.
Most Blades fans and football followers in general would probably acknowledge Walker’s never been the best defender in the world. He’s made his name as an explosive and bombing right-back, not as a defender who revels in keeping clean-sheets and the like.
For some, it’s a fairytale story of someone coming full circle to land back in S2. But in reality, we’d be getting a player with little left in the tank and, in all honesty, little to prove.
As a club, we need to move away from this sort of talk and look at the future. Signing 30-odd year old players just because of some sentiment, is not the way forward.