Walker admits money was often tight and is adamant that he will not be carried away by the riches of Premier League football.
Walker told the People: “We lived in council flats and the ice-cream man used to come up when we’d be playing football on the green and everyone would scatter, whistling for their mums.
“Once I remember shouting, ‘Mum, can I get a pound for an ice cream?’ and she said, ‘I haven’t got a pound, Kyle’. People take so much for granted but I will never forget that.
“I’m going to repay my mum so much because she has kept my feet on the ground.
”I don’t go throwing money about – if I did, I think my mum and dad would be on my back because that’s not the way I’ve been brought up.
“I’ve got two sisters, too. I have to look after my family now because I wouldn’t be the person I am or the footballer I am without them. I was a Sheffield United fan from when my grandad, who’s sadly passed away now, got a season ticket for me when I was four. I know how the Spurs fans would have felt when we beat Arsenal because if that had been a Sheffield derby, I’d have been on the Kop at Bramall Lane ... dancing.”