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Liam Walsh 52

A central midfielder who is comfortable on the ball with a great range of passing and is dangerous from set-piece situations, Liam Walsh was just five years old when he joined Everton.

He cited Spanish midfielder Xavi as his biggest role model and scooped the club’s 2013-14 Academy Goal of the Season award for the Under-16s side, a mark of his progress through the Finch Farm Academy.

Eligible to play for both England and Italy, Walsh signed his first professional contract in March 2015, telling the evertonfc.com:

“It's everything that I wanted ever since I started playing football,” he said. “Obviously, signing a professional contract takes me closer to where I want to be which is with the first team. I'm buzzing to sign my first one and hopefully there is many more to come."  

The Huyton-born player would, unfortunately, never get that far. A highly successful loan spell with Yeovil Town in 2016 suggested he was maturing nicely He signed a new contract with Everton that September which extended his term to 2019.

He was impressive for the Under-23s on their march to the 2016-17 Premier League 2 title but his next loan assignment with Birmingham City early in the 2017-18 season but was allowed to return early after just one start and two appearances as a substitute when the Midlands club sacked Harry Redknapp. He returned to bolster Everton U23s faltering campaign to retain their hard on title.

However, under the terms of the loan agreement, Birmingham City retained his senior registration, making him ineligible to play for Everton's first team.  He was expected to finish the season with Everton's second string but, on 5 January 2018, it was announced that he had signed for Bristol City in a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

On leaving Everton, Liam said, "It was a very big decision for me. I was there for a long time and was thankful for every day. I have been with Everton from the age of five but, as soon as I saw Bristol City come in, I knew it was the right time. I have been watching them as much as I can. They have been flying recently.

 "Everton put me in central midfield as a youngster after I had played up front scoring and it's worked out. I look at Thiago Alcántara who was at Barcelona and is now at Bayern Munich. He's the perfect player to base my game on. I also look at Iniesta - those two players are my inspiration really.

"I like to get on the ball a lot, control the game and influence play. I can be assisting goals or be defending at the back for the team while I also like to take set-pieces. I just want to give as much I can for the team.

"My coaches have always said picture the pitch. I try to look around to work out where my teammates are. I have to be quick-minded, one or two touches, especially with my physicality.

"My ambitions at Bristol City is to get promoted and I know we can definitely do it. I want to playing week in week out and get a regular position in the starting eleven. It is a great bunch of lads and they have made me feel welcome. I'm very excited about my future here. "

FactFile

Squad number 52
Position Midfielder
Nationality English
Born Huyton
Date of birth 15 September 1997
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Joined from Everton Academy
Graduated March 2015
Signed by Roberto Martinez
Transfer fee No fee
Contract duration 2 + 2 years
Contract expires June 2019
Left Everton 5 January 2018
Left for Bristol City
Transfer fee Undisclosed
Other Clubs Yeovil Town (loan)
Birmingham City (loan)

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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2015-16
52
0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2016-17
52
0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2017-18
52
0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

 

Loan Spells

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2015-16 Yeovil Town 15 (0) & 2 (0) 1 & 0
2017-18 Birmingham City 1 (2) & 0 (0) 0 & 0

 

Academy Record

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2013-14 U21s; U18s 0 (1) & 0 (0); ??? 0 & 0
2014-15 U21s; U18s 5 (6) & 2 (1); 17 (1) 0 & 0; 3
2015-16 U21s; U18s 3 (3) & 2 (3); 4 (0) 1 & 1; 2
2016-17 U23s 13 (2) & 6 (1) 3 & 1
2017-18 U23s 4 (0) & 2 (0) 0 & 0


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