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Christian will be a huge asset for us

The boss is thrilled to nail down a goalkeeper after Christian Walton was captured on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion

23 July 2019

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Huge in stature, 6ft 5in Christian Walton is being backed to make just as big an impact on the pitch after becoming Rovers' latest recruit.

The giant goalkeeper makes the move back to the north-west from Brighton & Hove Albion, signing a season-long loan deal to spend the 2019-20 campaign at Ewood Park.

Following David Raya's switch to Championship rivals Brentford earlier this month, Tony Mowbray's been on the hunt for a replacement stopper and it didn't take the boss too long to land his man.

Experienced in the second tier following a similar stint with Wigan Athletic last term, Walton, who kept 30 clean sheets in his 69 outings for the Latics, ticks a number of boxes for the boss.

“I’m pleased we’ve got a goalkeeper in and I’m delighted that Christian’s arrived," the manager told iFollow Rovers.

“He was ducking under the door when he came in!

“I have seen him over the last few years and he’s a young keeper who has had success with Wigan Athletic over the last couple of seasons.

“It makes sense for us to bring him in. He’s a young goalkeeper with big ambitions to play in the Premier League and from the discussions I had with the people at Brighton they feel he’s got a real opportunity to do that with them.

“But he’s on a pathway to get there and I’m hopeful that he’ll do very well for us this season.

“He’s different to David. We’ve spent a lot of time watching him and he’s very agile and has plenty of good attributes. Every goalkeeper has things they’re very good at and things that they need to improve."

The stopper had already enjoyed a number of loan spells at the likes of Bury, Southend United and Luton Town before his two-year stint with Wigan, earning experience and a promotion on his CV along the way.

And the boss has plenty of belief that the 23-year-old can play his part in helping Rovers to an improved Championship campaign in 2019-20.

“Christian’s very strong and hopefully he can keep developing well and help us to a very good season," Mowbray added.

“He’s a big, imposing guy who has experience in this division. He had success with Wigan and we’re looking forward to working with him.

“His size and physicality will help out the team because we probably conceded too many goals from wide positions last term.

“Having a big 6ft 5in guy sitting in the middle of the goal probably puts off opponents putting crosses in.

“I’m very hopeful that he’s a good choice for us."

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