According to reports in The Sun, Everton are ready to sell midfielder Liam Walsh to Championship high-flyers Bristol City in a £1m January deal.
Well, The Sun says that the 20-year-old is ready to leave the Toffees and sign for promotion-chasing City, with the move likely to cost Lee Johnson’s side around £1m.
The midfielder has only recently returned from a loan spell with Birmingham City, and he is ready to leave Goodison Park in order to boost his chances of playing regular first-team football.
While he featured in their first three Championship fixtures following his move at the end of the summer transfer window, the 20-year-old didn’t play again after Harry Redknapp was sacked and replaced by Steve Cotterill, and his loan was ended early in November.
Walsh has played 180 minutes for the U23s in the Premier League 2 following his return to Merseyside, and he has shown his versatility this season by playing in a variety of midfield roles, including the No 10 role, central and defensive positions.
He obviously feels that Everton’s wealth of midfield options means that he is unlikely to get a look in anytime soon.
While senior players like Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, James McCarthy and Mo Besic are fighting for those deeper midfield roles, they have also been joined by youngsters like Tom Davies and Beni Baningime, meaning Walsh’s opportunities will be limited.
Probably not, to be honest.
While it is never nice to lose a youth product, Everton will know that it is best for the player’s development if he moves on and plays regularly elsewhere.
The fact that he failed to make an impression under Cotterill at Birmingham would also be a worry for the Merseyside outfit, as it suggests that he is nowhere near good enough to be playing in the Premier League yet.