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8 November 2018

Christian Walton in action for Wigan Athletic this season.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton celebrates his 23rd birthday today, and we had a look at just how well the shot-stopper has fared since making his Albion debut back in 2014.

Walton made his debut for the club at the age of 18, playing the full 90 minutes for the Seagulls against Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup (now known as the Carabao Cup) at White Hart Lane.

Albion were beaten 2-0 by their Premier League opponents, but Walton looked assured between the sticks for Sami Hyypia’s team and showed positive signs for the future.

Three Championship appearances came off the back of his promising display, and Walton was able to keep two clean sheets against Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough respectively.

A Rudy Gestede header for Blackburn Rovers denied Walton another clean sheet, but the Seagulls remained unbeaten with the young shot-stopper between the posts.

Loan moves to Bury and Plymouth Argyle proved testing for Walton, as he was unable to keep any clean sheets in ten appearances across the two clubs.

But a loan spell at Luton Town followed for the 2016/17 campaign, and under the guidance of former Albion player and coach Nathan Jones, Walton was able to excel.

Walton kept eight clean sheets in 24 league matches before Albion recalled him due to an injury to Niki Maenpaa, and the Hatters narrowly missed out on promotion via the play-offs.

Seven matches at Southend United came towards the end of that season, as Walton arrived at Roots Hall on an emergency loan, and he helped the League One club to three clean sheets.

Next up was a switch to the DW Stadium and Walton came into his own to help Wigan take League One by storm and secure promotion to the second tier of English football.

Walton kept 21 cleans sheets from the 35 matches he played last season, including an impressive performance against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, as the Latics won 1-0 in the Emirates FA Cup.

The League One title was secured on the final day of the season with another shutout against Doncaster Rovers, and the goalkeeper’s loan deal was then renewed for another year.

Walton has already kept five clean sheets for Paul Cook’s side in the Championship this term, and the shot-stopper will be looking to secure another at the Riverside Stadium following his 23rd birthday.

In total, Walton has kept 48 clean sheets in 131 appearances across the three EFL tiers and in all cup competitions.

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