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Walsh signs pro forms with Everton

by | 02/03/2015  Comments (12)  jump
Everton Academy prospect Liam Walsh has put pen to paper on his first professional contract, signing on with Everton until 2017.

The Huyton-born midfielder, who joined the Blues' Academy as a five-year-old, has become a regular for both the U18s and U21s this season and he told evertonfc.com of his delight at his deal.

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."  


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Ian Jones
1 Posted 02/03/2015 at 18:34:59
Good luck to him. Hope he makes it through
Dave Williams
2 Posted 02/03/2015 at 19:03:33
Apparently he and Dowell are very highly rated- sooner the better son!!
good luck!
Timothy Blanshard
3 Posted 02/03/2015 at 19:57:59
Good luck young man, continue how you're going hopefully see you in the future on the pitch at goodison.
David Greenwood
4 Posted 02/03/2015 at 20:02:37
Lucky boy, good luck. What an opportunity you have, I hope you grab it with both hands.
Dan Howard
5 Posted 03/03/2015 at 03:23:32
Heard some good things about this lad. Hope he makes the grade with Everton. LetÂ’s continue to give the best of the bunch time out on loan. It worked wonders for Coleman and Garbutt.
Neil Pickering
7 Posted 03/03/2015 at 06:12:52
I presume you are referring to Barkley when you say "slagged off"?

Ross Barkley wouldn't get any abuse if he looked like he was interested and worked hard. It doesn't help that he signed a lucrative contract in the summer, and the fact of the matter is he needs to justify his wages. He's 21 now, he's not a baby, so he needs to start producing.

I would never give him stick if I saw that he was working hard, and I am sure all the fans would be behind him even if showed the consistent lack of quality that he has done this season. It's the fact that all he does is lollop around the pitch giving the ball away, with little or no appetite to get it back.

Eric Myles
8 Posted 03/03/2015 at 07:09:20
And Hibbert and Osman, Neil
Gary Cargill
9 Posted 03/03/2015 at 08:09:44
Good luck, Walshy. I hope time and patience and support are given to you as you develop.

I think one young man's confidence HAS been damaged by an over critical Goodison crowd as Snods says, to the point where he looks frightened to death, to the point I actually think Ross may be better elsewhere for his own development.

The majority of us understand that as a kid and you will make mistakes, especially when coming back from injury and played out of position. But if you are barracked by the crowd when you are low in confidence, I hope you understand the majority of Everton fans will be patient and support you.

Sam Hoare
11 Posted 03/03/2015 at 18:08:42
Excited to see this young lad come through as he sounds like a genuine playmaker which is just what we need.

For some reason it seems a lot of our best fringe youngsters at the moment are defensive players (Garbutt, Browning, Ledson, Galloway, Kenny etc) with not many really exciting forwards, wingers and playmakers (Chris Long perhaps and maybe George Green if he stays fit).

A shame as what our team really needs at the moment is players who can create chances and goals. Someone to put their foot on the ball and play the eye of the needle pass. Gibson or possibly Baines being the only players capable at the moment. Hopefully Liam Walsh may be another in a year or two.

Steve Carse
12 Posted 03/03/2015 at 18:32:01
Gary (9) the crowd has not been overcritical with Barkley. If any player makes lots of errors then a crowd will collectively groan. Cut out the errors and the groans will disappear. Nothing to do with getting on the lad's back.
Phill Thompson
13 Posted 03/03/2015 at 18:35:32
Sam, re defensive fringe youngsters, I caught brief highlights of Connor Grant playing for Motherwell the other day . He's got a great left foot and provided a few telling crosses including an inch perfect one which lead to a headed goal. He's obviously a long way from first team , but getting regular starts for Motherwell is a good move for him to develop as a left sided attacker .
Sam Hoare
14 Posted 03/03/2015 at 20:41:52
Yes, Phil. I often think Grant is older than he actually is. At 19 he's young enough to make forward strides but the lack of buzz about him makes me think he may oh the way of Forshaw etc and end up in the Championship. He can pass the ball well though so hopefully he continues to do well at Motherwell.

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