Under-21s defender seals loan move to Midlands in time for homecoming.
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England Under-21s defender Kyle Walker sealed a loan move to Aston Villa on Thursday and immediately faces his boyhood club, Sheffield United, in The FA Cup.
Walker, who featured for Stuart Pearce's Three Lions on four occasions in 2010 following his debut in March, spent the first half of this season on loan at Queens Park Rangers from parent club Tottenham Hotspur.
And he made a real impact at Loftus Road playing a major part in Neil Warnock's side's rise to the top of the Championship. Those performances obviously did enough to convince Gerard Houllier to take the 20-year-old to Villa Park for the remainder of the campaign.
Sheffield-born Walker joined Spurs from the Blades in 2009 but was immediately loaned back to the Yorkshire outfit where he played nearly every game until he was recalled to White Hart Lane in February 2010. He's made three appearances in the Premier League with his debut coming against Portsmouth.
This weekend, though, he hopes to be in FA Cup action as his new club travel to Bramall Lane to take on the team he supported as a youngster.
"It's going to be very strange sitting in the away dressing room, but hopefully we can get a result there, even though I am a Sheffield United fan," Walker told the Aston Villa website
"A game is a game at the end of the day and once you step over that white line you have no friends.
"It will be a difficult place to go but with the players in the dressing room, there's no reason we can't get a result and get through to the next round.
"My dad's a Leeds fan, but my mum and everyone else are Sheffield United fans and they're excited for the weekend.
"They're all coming to the game. I think it will be a bit of mixed emotions for them, but let's hope Villa get a win and we'll go from there."For more on this weekend's FA Cup matches, visit out FA Cup section here.