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Everton Youngster Confirmed To Have Been Snapped Up By Bristol City: Wise Move For All Parties?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Bristol City has secured the services of 20-year-old midfielder Liam Walsh from Everton. According to recent reports, he will sign for the Robins on a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The youngster signed for Birmingham City on a half-season loan on last summer’s deadline day but played in just three Championship matches for the West Midlands club. He will be eligible to play in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg versus Manchester City. The ex England Under 18 international has previously been on loan at Yeovil Town as well.

In an interview with the club’s official website, Bristol City boss Lee Johnson said,

“I think Liam gives us something slightly different. He loves getting on the ball and is a very good passer with both his left and right foot,”

“He’s done very well on loan at Yeovil Town previously and I’ve tracked him for some time.

“He’s a brilliant player, who can come in and compete immediately. Hopefully, he can improve and he improves us.”

Walsh has represented his nation at both Under-16 and Under-18 levels and his last international match was back in 2015.

After putting pen to paper on his move to Bristol City, Walsh explained his feelings about joining his new employers in an interview on the club’s official website stating,

“It’s a good upcoming club and obviously flying at the minute. We’ve got a great manager who’s well noticed. The club will suit me and my style of play. I can’t wait to get started.

“The time was right to leave Everton, I didn’t feel like I was going to get any game time there as there was a lot of players ahead of me. When I found out Bristol wanted me I thought it was a perfect move for me.

“He wants me to come in and hit the ground running. I know what he wants from me. 100% in every game. He’ll want me to be working hard like all the other players and win games.

“I’ve watched a few Bristol games and the fans were quality as well and I can’t wait to perform in front of them.”

Bristol City are now facing a mammoth task of taking on the Premier League leaders Manchester City and will look to line up with Walsh possibly featuring in the match. It remains to be seen whether the 20-year-old midfielder can be a success at Bristol or if he turns out to be a bust.

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