Atlanta United signs Tottenham prospect Walkes on loan

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The 19-year-old center back is joining the MLS side after making his first-team debut for Spurs in September.

Atlanta United has signed 19-year-old defender Anton Walkes on loan from Tottenham, the clubs announced Thursday.

A 6-foot-2 center back, Walkes made his full Tottenham debut in a League Cup triumph over Gillingham in September. It's the only first-team action of the season for the Englishman, who has logged 12 matches for Tottenham's reserves and also made two preseason appearances in the International Champions Cup.

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Walkes is joining the MLS expansion side on a six-month loan, according to Tottenham.

"Anton has a bright future and we're thrilled to have him continue his development at our club," United president Darren Eales said. "He's a young player who's already been part of the first team squad at Spurs, featuring often throughout the summer until his official debut in the League Cup in September. He'll be a welcome addition to our club."

Walkes joins MLS veterans Michael Parkhurst and Zach Loyd and rookie Miles Robinson as center backs on coach Gerardo Martino's roster.