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MANAGER: I think he enjoyed his time on the pitch

Chris Beech on a lively debut for Ethan Walker

15 September 2020

Teenage forward Ethan Walker made his debut for the Blues on Saturday afternoon at Cambridge having signed his season-long loan deal from Preston just 48-hours earlier.

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Speaking about the new arrival after the game, manager Chris Beech said: “You’ve seen him out there for 25 minutes or so and you can see he’s technically very good.

“He takes responsibility for the ball, he’s been a red hot goal scorer for the last three or four seasons in Preston’s youth system and they have a lot of faith in him.

“They need him to play first team football, and we’ve got an injury to Brennan Dickenson which provides an opportunity to put pressure on people who play up top to make sure it’s not only them doing it.

"It lets them know that if they aren’t going to change it, we have somebody else who can do it.

“That’s what we need to be as a squad and it’s important that I put us in that position.”

On what we can expect to see going forward, he said: “He’s left-sided, that’s his favourite position, but he’s played as a centre forward, off the striker, and he played against Everton last Saturday on the right wing.

“He’s a good player, young, ambitious, and we saw him take players on and look to get entries into the box. He looks a good player.

“He took responsibility by getting the ball as much as he could, and I think he enjoyed his time on the pitch.”

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