Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has lifted the lid on why he signed Everton’s Liam Walsh on deadline day, via the club’s official website.
The 19-year-old moved to St Andrew’s on loan until the New Year last Thursday in what was the Blues’ fourth deadline day signing, with Walsh following Jota, Jason Lowe, and Maxime Colin in moving to the Championship outfit.
The midfielder came up through the ranks at Goodison Park but has yet to make a first team appearance for the Toffees, instead he made his professional debut while on loan at Yeovil Town back in 2016, starting an FA Cup clash against Carlisle United on January 10.
He went on to make 16 further appearances for the Glovers, and now he has the opportunity to test himself at a higher level with Redknapp’s Birmingham, with the Blues manager revealing what drew him into signing the 19-year-old.
He said: ‘Liam Walsh, he’s a typical lad from the Liverpool area.
‘That kind of character. He’s another real talent. He’s a little tiger.
‘He can play, he digs, he will be scrapping for a place in the team for sure.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Birmingham supporters, who have seen their side struggle in the early stages of the Championship campaign, having won just one of their opening five matches.
However, optimism has been somewhat restored around St Andrew’s following their deadline day business, and Saturday will be the first test to see whether they optimism is vindicated when they travel to fellow strugglers Norwich City.
The Verdict: ‘He’s a little tiger.’
That was the phrase Harry Redknapp used to describe new Birmingham signing Liam Walsh in recent times, with the 70-year-old placing keen emphasis on the midfielder’s tenacity and overall ability to fight for everything, be it the ball on the pitch, or for a place in the team.
And with the Blues struggling to bring in midfield reinforcements over the summer, what with moves for Afriyie Acquah and Ogenyi Onazi falling through, Walsh looks set to get an opportunity this season, and based on Redknapp’s comments, it’s an opportunity the Everton man is unlikely to relinquish without a fight.
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