An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ fifth and final January signing, Liam Walsh…
Born in Huyton, Walsh began his career at Everton, spending a total of 15 years with the Toffees.
During his time in the youth ranks at Everton, Walsh represented England at Under-16s level once and Under-18s twice.
The midfielder signed his first professional contract with Everton in March 2015 and eight months later, saw himself on the bench for the first team against Leeds United.
In November of the same year, Walsh scored a spectacular goal from the halfway line in an Under-18s fixture against Derby County, which received the club’s Goal of the Month award.
His best season at Everton came in the 2016/17 season, helping David Unsworth’s side to the Premier League 2 title as captain, as well as representing the Under-23s in the EFL Trophy.
He was named Premier League 2 Player of the Month in February 2017 and was shortlisted for the division’s Player of the Year award.
He was also called up to represent England Under-20s for the World Cup in South Korea, but sadly suffered an injury towards the end of that campaign.
The 24-year-old has had four loan spells during his career, first joining then League Two side Yeovil Town on a one-month loan deal in January 2016.
He made his debut in the FA Cup third round against Carlisle United and scored his only goal in 17 appearances for the Glovers in a 1-1 draw against Luton Town.
On deadline day 2017, the midfielder joined Birmingham City on a six-month loan deal, but only made three appearances following a change of management.
In January 2018, Walsh signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Bristol City, making his debut in the EFL Cup semi-finals against Manchester City and appearing eight times for the Robins that season.
Scoring his first Bristol City goal in an EFL Cup tie against QPR in August 2019, Walsh joined Coventry City on loan until the end of the season and made 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.
His impressive performances saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year after helping the Sky Blues secure promotion as League One champions.
Following the expiration of his contract at Bristol City, Walsh signed for Swansea City at the start of the 2021/22 season.
So far this season, Walsh has played seven times for the Swans, with his last appearance coming against the Tigers, hitting the post as Shota Arveladze’s men ran out 2-0 winners.