Atlanta United have added yet another defensive option to their roster on Thursday as the club announced they’ve signed Tottenham Hotspur academy player Anton Walkes on loan.
Welcome @AntonWalkes to @ATLUTD! Weather’s a bit nicer here in Florida than North London!☀️ @SpursOfficial pic.twitter.com/6AKTeeDI6m— Darren Eales (@DEalesATLUTD) January 26, 2017
Walkes, 19, made his Spurs first team debut in September 2016 in the EFL Cup third round against Gillingham but has predominantly represented the club’s U-21 team.
“Anton has a bright future and we’re thrilled to have him continue his development at our club,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said. “He’s a young player who’s already been part of the first team squad at Spurs, featuring often throughout the summer until his official debut in the League Cup in September. He’ll be a welcome addition to our club.”
Tottenham confirm that the loan move will be for six months.
HITC Sport did a nice write-up on the youngster comparing him to Spurs and England standout Eric Dier, saying his versatility to play as a defender and a midfielder is one of his biggest assets.
One of Walkes' biggest assets is his versatility, and it is this which gives him the best chance of making cracking the first team.
Like England under-21 international and first team regular Eric Dier, Anton Walkes is able to play in midfield or defence.
With the confirmed signing of Tyrone Mears earlier this week and the rumored addition of Gonzalez Pirez from Estudiantes, Atlanta United’s defensive options continue to get deeper and deeper.