Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 22 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019 (On Loan From Bristol City
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 3(1) *
A slightly unexpected final piece of transfer business saw Liam Walsh brought in on loan from Bristol City. In Liam Kelly, Zain Westbrooke, Jordan Shipley, Callum O’Hare and Jamie Allen, there is already plenty of competition for places in central midfield, without adding another, in Liam Walsh, to the mix. While this move adds numbers in case Jamie Allen’s injury is more serious than it seems and keeps Zain Westbrooke and Jordan Shipley on their toes, there is a danger this signing could prove perfunctory or relegates some of our own contracted players to the second-string.
A product of the Everton academy, Liam Walsh impressed enough on loan at Yeovil back in 2016 to draw interest from the Championship, moving on loan to Birmingham City before being signed permanently by Bristol City. A ball-playing midfielder, Walsh offers a slightly different option to what we already have and may address the lack of control in midfield we’ve suffered from at times this season. A player with an amount of promise who has yet to be afforded regular football, Walsh is coming here to get just that. This could prove to be an astute signing if he proves to be the player he has threatened to be over the past few seasons, raising the standard of the squad and giving us something different in midfield. First, he’ll have to earn a place in the side.
*As of 17/09/2019