Christian Walton eyes Premier League football after making Brighton return
Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton is targeting Premier League football following the “excellent feeling” of his very first competitive appearance for the club in practically six years.
The 25-year-old made his Albion debut in a League Cup tie at Tottenham in October 2014 and played three Championship games that season prior to being sent out on loan seven times.
He lastly went back to action for the Seagulls throughout Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round win over League One Blackpool and now wishes to burglarize Graham Potter’s top-flight line-up.
” I was stating to my family it’s something like over 2000 days because I last pulled on a Brighton shirt – it’s quite unusual truly,” said Walton, whose previous Albion trip was a goalless draw with Middlesbrough in May 2015.
” 7 loans later on and I am back in a Brighton shirt, it’s a great sensation.
” My primary goal is to play in the Premier League and take on the other two goalkeepers at the club – the competition in the group is very healthy.”
Much-travelled Walton has actually played in all three tiers of the English Football League. After short-lived spells with Bury, Plymouth, Luton and Southend, he invested two years with Wigan prior to representing Blackburn last season.
The former England Under-21 global must offset wasted time after development with his moms and dad club was obstructed by an ankle injury suffered in a pre-season friendly versus Chelsea in August.
Ever since, Spaniard Robert Sanchez has actually changed the recently-departed Mat Ryan as Brighton’s top, with Jason Steele supplying back up.
Cornwall-born Walton has actually been encouraged to see head coach Potter handing opportunities to less experienced players and is prepared to challenge 23-year-old Sanchez.
” I came back in the summer season in a good position, I injured my ankle in the Chelsea friendly and it’s taken me a little bit of time to return in shape, but the other day was truly good for me,” stated Walton, who was speaking to Brighton’s website.
” I have been in the health club and dealing with things you do not generally get to do when you’re playing every week, which I have been for the last three years.
” I hadn’t really worked with Robert that much since I’ve been out on loan, but you can see he’s got quality.
” He’s a young goalkeeper and it will take him time to end up being a Premier League goalkeeper because it does not simply happen overnight, it occurs over a course of a couple of seasons.
” It’s good that Rob has been involved. It shows that the manager is ready to give chances to players that are doing well.”