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5th Oct, 2016 | 9:37pm

Midfielder set for first-team breakthrough - Everton coach

By Dominic Toner

Liam Walsh is set to break into the first-team at Goodison Park, according to David Unsworth.

The 19-year-old midfielder played in Everton’s Under-23s side on Tuesday night as they lost 2-1 to Cheltenham.

Despite the defeat, Walsh delivered another great performance for the Toffees and is expected to have a huge future at the club.

The Under-23s manager Unsworth has backed Walsh to continue his development and break into Ronald Koeman’s senior side.

“I think he was outstanding, I thought he was the best player on the pitch,” Unsworth said, as quoted by the Echo. “He ran the game and he was all action.

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“Liam is certainly going in the right direction towards our first-team.”

Walsh is regarded as one of the hottest properties to come out of the Merseyside club’s academy in recent years.

The central midfielder is yet to make his first-team bow for Everton but did make 17 appearances for League Two outfit Yeovil last season, where he scored one goal and supplied two assists.

He also agreed a new contract with the Toffees in September, which keeps him at the club until 2019.

Walsh has made three appearances for England’s Under-18 squad in the past and will hope to follow in the footsteps of Everton’s Ross Barkley.

Barkley, 22, graduated through the club’s academy and is a first-choice player under Koeman and has represented England’s senior side on 22 occasions.

In other Everton team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Ross Barkley’s performance against Crystal Palace.