The 20-year-old came through the Finch Farm Academy and was being groomed to follow in the footsteps in the first team, of the likes of Jonjoe Kenny and Tom Davies with whom he played at U21 and U23 level.
He had a highly successful loan spell with Yeovil Town in 2016 where he earned rave reviews from Glovers fans but his temporary move to Birmingham City this season was ended prematurely following the sacking from that club of Harry Redknapp.
He didn't feature under Redknapp's successor, Steve Cotteril, and returned to Everton having made just three appearances.
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1 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:02:31
2 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:17:17
I wonder does this mean Joe Bryan moving in the oposite direction. He looks like a decent player.
3 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:18:30
This is worse than RB leaving for me as this kid has talent in abundance that we never got to see, cause we always play two defensive midfielders.
He'll probably be back in the Premier League next season, bossing our lot.
4 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:20:07
5 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:30:36
6 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:48:47
7 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:50:53
What makes you think Allardyce sold the player?
8 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:54:40
What a day, what a club.
9 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:54:52
Antonee Robinson;s loan extended, Gethin Jones leaving, Barkley too "Big Sam has no interest in youngsters, developing potential or Everton's future." (Dick Brady) I'm afraid Allardyce is only part of the problem. What is the club's long term strategy ? is it the slow dismantling of the club in readiness for the super European leagues (prior to WC2022) which will only accommodate one club from Liverpool ?
10 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:55:02
But to be fair, very few of our youngsters have come back to haunt us so one has to assume that we dont think hes of sufficient quality for our ambitions
11 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:56:24
I hope we progress in the cup...
They say things come in threes so no chance...
Fuck it. Come on Everton, give us some pride back tonight please. Let's stop them creating the longest unbeaten run against us in history.
Wayne Clarke of 2018, come forth tonight.
12 Posted 05/01/2018 at 19:01:34
13 Posted 05/01/2018 at 19:50:04
One would have to think that Unsie would have been asked for an opinion as to whether to keep him or sell?
14 Posted 05/01/2018 at 21:51:33
Big mistake letting Liam go.
15 Posted 05/01/2018 at 21:53:06
Worth noting that during Rhino's time in charge, while giving chances to several youngsters, he did not elevate Walsh to the first team at any point, not even the bench if I recall.
16 Posted 05/01/2018 at 22:06:00
- Suited to building a team focused on fluid, attacking football? Check.
- Utility type players already available in the squad? Check.
17 Posted 05/01/2018 at 22:10:54
18 Posted 05/01/2018 at 22:39:39
19 Posted 05/01/2018 at 22:55:37
20 Posted 05/01/2018 at 23:27:05
21 Posted 05/01/2018 at 23:33:21
The fee seems ridiculously low. I only hope we've got him nailed down to return if he plays well and so turn this transfer into an extended loan and pay Bristol to develop him for us.
Mike Gaines, Walsh was ineligible to play for Everton until 1st January. He was effectively registered with Birmingham City until that date even though he was brought back from loan.
22 Posted 05/01/2018 at 23:58:36
Maybe he felt he had something to prove after his failed loan spell. It could be that he wanted guaranteed first team football and didn't want to play U23's any more. Bristol City are ambitious and he may have seen it as his quickest route to premier league football. Maybe he believes in his ability and feels this move will lead to bigger moves?
23 Posted 06/01/2018 at 00:32:21
I've never seen the lad play but I've been told he's good. He may just have to take a step back to take two forwards.
I also have no issue with Allardyce wanting to sign players at the 25-30 age bracket. Despite all the wailing and moaning (of which I can be guilty!) we have good young players in and around the first team. To progress, we need to bring in established players who can make an impact in the short to mid term. The problem is finding those players.
24 Posted 06/01/2018 at 00:41:14
20 years old seems a bit young to be completely fed up of U23s / loan moves unless you genuinely believe you have been overlooked in favour of lesser players.
25 Posted 06/01/2018 at 00:44:58
26 Posted 06/01/2018 at 00:49:11
27 Posted 06/01/2018 at 10:48:01
Seems to me that Liam must have wanted to leave and thought that playing in a lower league regularly was the best way to go.
28 Posted 06/01/2018 at 11:18:13
I don't know if he would have proved worthwhile but, at the moment, those youngsters presently playing in the 1st team seem, at least, to be among the more enterprising until some Manager directs them to change their natural game. Davies's goal against Man City being an example until told to concentrate more on defence.
The Dinosaur argument seems to be growing and those asking why people think the current manager is responsible may only be pointing out the discord in the/our club.
29 Posted 06/01/2018 at 13:14:18
30 Posted 06/01/2018 at 22:29:45
If you are given a chance at 18/19 (Davies, Baningime, Holgate, Calvert-Lewin) then I suspect you've demonstrated that you really do have the potential to play in the Premier League.
If you're not loaned or not given a chance in the Premier League team, you are there just to make the numbers up Henen, Charsley, Donkor and come 22-23 years old then you will just be allowed to leave, and find your own club.
Tough world, particularly for a Premier League Academy graduate who probably has access to the finest facilities, total care packages and I suspect some decent money, then the world collapses and you find yourself in League One, League Two or Non- League on a totally different scale to say Everton. At least Walsh has been given the chance at a Championship Club, but the majority of the list above will be lucky to stay as full time pros.
I saw Liam Walsh on a number of occasions and thought he has everything you need except 6 inches in height which to many managers would be a No-Go unless you had tremendous pace (which he hasn't) or a skill level akin to Willian, Hazard, and Wilshere, which I'm not sure he has.
31 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:30:02
32 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:18:11
He does look stronger... obviously time in the weight room... no longer the wispy figure we saw at the U20s.
But the impressive young player for Forest is Brereton, not Dowell.
33 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:06:18
34 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:11:57
But, as you say, he does not involve himself enough. I still hope that he can become a serious asset for us, though I am worried about him. It's mental strength again, same as with Rodwell and Barkley.
35 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:14:51
After moving to City and getting chewed up and spat out, he lacked the desire to rebuild his career at Sunderland. He's already set for life, and perhaps without that bank balance, he could have re-found the form he had for us before injuries got him.
36 Posted 07/01/2018 at 20:45:24
We the fans demand to know? What are you talking about? What on earth do you think gives you/us the right to know the ins & outs of the internal business dealings of a private business like Everton Football Club?
You're just a fan like me, you don't have any such right!
38 Posted 08/01/2018 at 15:08:30
His weaknesses I think are: he doesn't control a game, he flits in and out, he went for really long periods yesterday when he hardly got a kick. He isn't and never will be a grafter (that's not saying that's a bad point), but most managers now days in the Premier League want not just quality, but also a huge workrate.
He reminds me of a Duncan McKenzie, rather than a Kevin Sheedy. The former won nothing but pleased the crowd; the latter won everything and also pleased the crowd.
39 Posted 08/01/2018 at 15:40:16
I am not a fan of players who go out on loan for Championship clubs as they generally return much the same as when they left.
Osman and Barkley are two examples of players who never blossomed as expected and were disappointments although given more than a fair share of opportunities.
Dowell offers nothing more than Calvert-Lewin, Vlasic or Lookman.
Even though he wasn't bad against an Gunners' 2nd eleven, it was the other younger guy (Brereton) who looked the prospect.
40 Posted 09/01/2018 at 12:30:26
41 Posted 09/01/2018 at 14:47:23
Osman was a good player for us. Dowell is a completely different player to those you mention and offers creativity, a good left foot, and goals.
42 Posted 09/01/2018 at 21:43:30
Good footballing side; have a real chance of going up I reckon.
43 Posted 11/01/2018 at 03:16:09
"Talking about his playing style, Walsh said: "I like to get on the ball and I am quite loud on the pitch, I like to tell people what to do and where to go.
"I always want to win games, I hate losing."
No wonder the club sold him.
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