WALKER LEFT ON THE SIDELINES
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Walker stated earlier this month that he would be extremely disappointed if he was dropped in favour of this summer`s arrival from Wimbledon - Spurs` first ever Bosman signing.
"I will give it to the first game of the season and if I not in the side I think George will expect me not to be happy," Walker said in early August.
"I won`t be happy if I don`t play that game and I don`t think that is being controversial. But I cannot afford to be sat on the bench at my age.
"Everyone is looking to see who will play and I just feel I have not done anything wrong to stop me being in the team. When the decision comes about who plays is made, then we`ll see whether it is one I`m happy with or one I`m not happy with."
"It is very close between the two of them but I have opted for Sullivan," admitted Graham.
"He has trained hard in the pre-season, lost some weight and he will start the season for us.
"But that is not to say he is there for keeps. In the wings, I have Ian Walker, an England international who is technically one of the best in the country.
"We have two internationals competing for the goalkeeping spot and that can only be healthy for the club."
Graham also gave a few clues to which areas of his squad he will be looking to strengthen next.
"I want cover in every position," he revealed.
"Centre backs, wide men and a striker are now the priorities."
The fact that Spurs are still chasing a striker must cast some doubt as to the future of Chris Armstrong, with Steffen Iversen, Sergei Rebrov and Les Ferdinand already competing with the ex-Crystal Palace forward for a first team place.
Spurs face Ipswich in their opening Premiership encounter at White Hart Lane with some fans preparing a frosty reception for boss Graham, following the decision to sell David Ginola to Aston Villa.