His name is Steve Walsh, and he is Irish, brother of Mickey Walsh, a former striker who played for FC Porto in the 1980s. He currently works as a consultant at Carolina FC, from the United States, and has worked for several years at clubs such as Chelsea, Leicester and Everton.
He was responsible for signing Italian Gianfranco Zola and Costa Eforian Didier Drogba at Chelsea, but he left in 2006. His biggest success was at Leicester, where he joined in 2008. At that time, he discovered players like Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez N’Golo Kante. You are foxes They were amazing champions in the Premier League in 2015/2016 and soon Walsh headed to Everton.
He identified players like Andy Robertson and Harry Maguire, who are currently at Liverpool and Manchester United, but at the time were still at Hull City. Also, Erling Haaland. “At that time I was at RB Salzburg and I could have had 3.4 million pounds. The club does not support”, said the scout, in an interview with Athletic.
He ended up investing in players like Jordan Pickford, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Caine, Nikola Vlasic, Sandro Ramirez, Davey Claassen or Cenk Toson, and left in May 2018.
About a year ago, he was appointed as a consultant to Carolina FC, who works for MLS. No results in sight yet, but Walsh confirms: “Our goal is to give the club’s fans a team they can be proud of. It’s something special that I would love to do and I’m very excited about this challenge.”