Kyle Walker scored an incredible volley to open the scoring for Man City at Sheffield United, but surprised some fans by deciding not to celebrate.
Considering he marked his 100th appearance in the city with such a stunning strike, you’d expect a certain level of jubilation.
However, Walker chose not to celebrate out of respect for his childhood club.
It’s not one of the best-known facts in football, but Walker was discovered by Sheffield United – and it was thanks in large part to them that he was able to achieve all he had.
Although he only made two senior appearances for the Blades before joining Tottenham, where he spent most of his career, Sheffield United developed Walker as a child.
The England international, 30, joined the Blades at the age of seven and spent eleven years in their academy.
Walker has come a long way since then, and reflecting on his 100th appearance for City, Walker told talkSPORT: “I think I have to thank my mom and dad because genetics come into play, that’s a big thing.
“I work hard and people probably don’t see the amount of work I do off the field at the gym, but mostly [regarding] nutrition.
“If you eat well and rest well, you should be able to perform at the highest level for a good number of years, as many people are doing these days.”
Ahead of Bramall Lane’s clash, manager Guardiola praised the former Tottenham full-back for the impact he had at the Etihad.
“I want to thank the club for bringing him here,” said the Spaniard. “It was an incredible signing for Man City.
“Today the best players are the ones who can play every three days. Before signing a player, you need to look at their ability to play, play, and play – the ability to regenerate.
“Kyle is one example. I have a feeling this is the Kyle we saw. He’s one of our captains. He is so important in the locker room.
“In the last game against Marseille he had a very good game and I hope he can also against Sheffield United.”