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Liam Walsh - His shelf life came to an end ‘Nigel Pearson’
Saturday, 10th Jul 2021 11:21 by Steph Thomas

New Swansea City midfield signing Liam Walsh has had a few harsh words from Nigel Pearson on leaving Bristol City week. Pearson made it clear Walsh wasn’t worth the wages he was on at Ashton Gate and commented that if you can’t offer a player the same or more they become a free transfer. Not sure about that one if a player agrees to a lesser deal, but his comments won’t please robins fans, and will be ringing in Liams ears for some time to come. Walsh was seen as a tremendous asset for the coming season.

Nigel Pearson has stated to Bristol Live - “He’s a player who we decided to allow to go as, as I’ve talked about already, some players we felt for the wages they were earning, we couldn’t offer that," explained Nigel Pearson on why Walsh has departed. "Because of the rules, if you don’t offer at least the same, then you become a free transfer” Pearson believes the players he has com8mg in are far more adaptable to his playing style and will be far more successful than Liam Walsh has been. Walsh played just 120 minutes of football last season.

Pearson went on to defend his decision “ But I also felt it was important to strengthen in that area and the players that I brought in, I’m very happy with. "That’s not to say that I wouldn’t have been happy to keep Liam but as I’ve already alluded to, we have to be mindful of the financial implications and my job is to make decisions on players and whether they stay or they go”

“So it’s really my decision because I wanted to strengthen in a way which I had players that play the way I think we need to play, moving forward. It’s never an easy decision. When you let players like Liam go – I suppose Jamie Paterson would be in a similar category being popular... But I think sometimes either player, their shelf life has come to an end but also Liam had had some problems, injury-wise, and I just decided to move in a different direction. Hopefully that clarifies that I’m Public Enemy number one," said Pearson.

Some Bristol City fans have asked why Swansea City have not paid any fee for Walsh. Being out of contract obviously is the first answer, and when the club was asked about a fee for the player Bristol City stated he didn’t come through their academy, so was entitled to move on without any financial implications.

It’s a massive season now for Walsh, keep those injuries to a bare minimum and maybe he can shove those words backs down Pearson’s throat.

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