It was announced today that Anton Walkes had signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur until 2019.
The defender has enjoyed success in his new role at right-back with Atlanta United this season, prompting many to ask about his future with the MLS club. Now, after signing a new deal with his parent club, what does the future hold for the young Englishman?
It’s clear that Walkes isn’t in the immediate plans for Tottenham’s first team, making another loan possible, but the contract extension signifies that he has impressed in his stint with Atlanta so far. By giving the defender a new deal, it is also likely that Tottenham’s asking price for any permanent deal will increase. An increased asking price would complicate things for Atlanta if they were to pursue him on a permanent deal.
While a permanent move would be difficult, the 20-year-old’s development with Atlanta has been a joy to watch. Starting the season as a backup center-back, Walkes quickly adapted to a new position on the right side of the defense and hasn’t looked back since.
While honing his skills at a new position, Walkes admitted that he still receives training tips and advice from the staff at Tottenham. It’s evident that Walkes has progressed while in Atlanta and will continue to do so for the remainder of his season-long loan.
What happens to Walkes after this season remains in doubt, but his impact with the team has been clear. There’s a good bet Atlanta will want to bring him back on another loan deal if possible, but we’ll have to wait and see.
P.S. Where is Mauricio Pochettino for his trademark “hand-on-shoulder, new contract” photo?