Liam Walsh glad to make Swansea bow after injury frustration
Liam Walsh was glad to put his injury frustration behind him as he made his Swansea City debut in the draw against Millwall.
The midfielder had to have a watching brief over the opening weeks of the season, having picked up a hamstring injury in the final pre-season friendly against Southampton.
With just over five weeks on the sidelines, the former Bristol City man made an eye-catching cameo against the Lions, setting up Michael Obafemi for the best chance of the night, before coming close to finding the net with a last-minute free-kick.
Although there was no three-point haul to mark Walsh's 24th birthday; he was glad to finally pull on a Swans shirt in anger.
“I’ve been looking forward to it since I found out I was in the squad on Tuesday, I've been waiting for my chance from the gaffer, he told me to keep patient and my time will come,” he said.
“I’ve been working very hard and I’m grateful that I came on to make my league debut, it would have made it even better getting the three points.
“It’s been very frustrating, I’ve been dying to play. The way the gaffer has the lads playing football, it’s been looking really enjoyable from the sidelines.’
The 24-year-old made the switch from Ashton Gate to the Swansea.com Stadium in July, and he has former Robins team-mates Jamie Paterson and Korey Smith among his new colleagues.
And settling in to a new city and a new system of play has not been an issue at all for the classy playmaker.
“I love it here, I know a few people who lived here before. It’s a great city, I love where I’m living at the minute, all the people are friendly," he added.
“The same with Swansea City, as soon as I came in, it was easy for me to settle in. I know a couple of the lads.
“The style of play, the way the gaffer has us playing, it all suits me. I think at the minute, with my style of football, this club is a perfect fit for me.
“It’s my style of play, speaking to the gaffer on where he wants me to play and how he want’s me to play, I’ve been dying to get on the pitch.”
Walsh also took the time to thank the club's medical team and the squad for getting him back on the pitch in front of the Jack Army.
“It’s been absolutely brilliant, they’ve helped me a lot. Not just looked after me in football but out of football, they’ve been helping me a lot," he said.
“Even with the staff that are involved with the lads on the training pitch, they’ve been asking me everyday how I am and keeping me in the loop. I have nothing but positive feedback for them.”