MAATHEW Lowton has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Kyle Walker, playing at the highest level of the game, Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson says.
Lowton, whose performances at full-back this season have won the respect of team mates and opponents alike, revealed before today’s League One fixture against Bournemouth that he counts former team mates Walker and Kyle Naughton among his role models.
Walker, who according to reports in Spain is being monitored by Real Madrid, has won two England caps since leaving Bramall Lane as part of the deal which also spirited Kyle Naughton to Tottenham in 2009.
Asked whether Lowton possess the talent required to emulate Walker, Wilson said: “Yes, without a shadow of a doubt even if they’ve got different strengths.
“If Kyle has one advantage, it’s his pace. That’s a huge thing right now. But Matty’s technical ability is excellent. He’s very strong in that department.”
Walker, who is expected to be included in the squad which travels to the European Championships this summer, made nearly 40 senior appearances for United before moving south. Despite failing to establish himself at Spurs, Naughton is prospering on loan with Norwich City.
“I used to watch Kyle and Kyle when they were both here and I was still coming through” Lowton said. “They’ve done great and they’ve always given me good advice. I want to play in the Premier League and when I was younger I dreamed of representing my country. Hopefully I can do that (play in the FAPL) with United.”
United are well prepared for their meeting with Paul Groves’ side. Wilson said: “We shouldn’t have anyone out for the game. Richard Cresswell has got a broken nose but it’s healing nicely and he played last time out (at Hartlepool) anyway.”