Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of Christian Walton, on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.
Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what the young ‘keeper will offer Rovers next season.
Well, in the two seasons he was at Wigan Athletic, we won a league title and secured safety in the Championship, and he’s been a big part of that – so he’s done well.
Future England No1?
Walton is very highly regarded at Brighton and tipped not only to be their number one in a few years, but also England’s. He signed a five-year contract last year, before signing for us on loan again.
In all honesty, Walton has a lot of learning to do, however, he’s becoming more and more experienced, while playing at a good level. He started last season very well, contributing to our brilliant home form.
Against Leeds Utd at home, live on Sky surprisingly, he made a howler and we lost the game 1-2. Since then, he was never the same. His confidence looked shot and he was actually dropped for a short time.
I’m no goalkeeping expert, however, as a fan sitting in the stands, he never filled with me with a great detail of confidence. He’s just not commanding or brave enough, there were crosses coming into his six-yard box, and he was glued to his line. Similarly, if through balls are a touch heavy from the opposing team, Walton was very slow to recognise that.
The 23 year-olds best attribute is undoubtedly his shot-stopping. Outstanding. From close or long-range, he’s brilliant at getting down and has very strong hands. On the other hand, his kicking is poor. His goal-kicks are average, but dealing with back-passes is a big problem as he just seems to panic.
I think Walton has a good future ahead of him. It’s a move that will benefit all parties, he’ll do a solid job for Blackburn, and head back to Brighton a better player.