WALKER WITHDRAWS TRANSFER REQUEST
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 29-year-old has played second fiddle so far this season to summer signing Neil Sullivan, who has been installed as number stopper at the club, and he put in a transfer request as he felt the lack of first team football would place doubts over his international chances.
The England international has now had a rethink over his position and has decided to fight it out with Sullivan for the goalkeeper's jersey.
"I asked for a transfer but that was probably out of the frustration of not being able to play," Walker told the official Spurs website. "It is still the case that I'm not happy that I'm not playing but hopefully we can sort something out. I don't really want to leave Tottenham.
"I wanted to show that I wasn't happy and the manager obviously understands that I'm not happy about it but he has said to me that it is a difficult situation for him as well."
Walker has only featured once for Spurs this season in the defeat to Coventry City, but that was only because Sullivan was suspended for the game having been sent off at Brentford in a Worthington Cup tie.
"He's brought Neil in, decided he's going to play him first and so it's up to me to try and battle my way back into the team.
"He said he thought that I played really well at Coventry but then I didn't keep my place. We lost, which didn't help me, but I was pleased with how I played.
"Obviously I'm going to be disappointed if it goes past Christmas and I haven't had another chance. We're a third of a way through the season already and it is difficult but I just have to keep plodding away and hope something turns."
Walker is hopeful that asking for a transfer will not count against him as he attempts to win back his place in the Spurs starting line-up.
"I'm trying to put pressure on but perhaps the fact that I've asked for a transfer hasn't gone in my favour as far as if I hadn't maybe the manager would have thought about me a bit more," said Walker.
"It's difficult for him to turn around and put me in the team when I've asked for a transfer. That's weighing on my mind a bit as well so I'll have a think about it over the next week and see if we can come up with a solution."