Liam Walsh of Everton and Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea in action during the Premier League 2 match.
After greatly impressing on loan at Yeovil Town in the latter half of the 2015/16 season, Liam Walsh returned to parent club Everton for the following campaign before being sent out on another temporary deal to the Championship.
Walsh is very well regarded in the Toffees' academy so a chance for the midfielder to test himself in the second tier of English football at Birmingham City seemed ideal.
Steve Cotterill looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa.
Unfortunately, after playing three successive games for the Blues the 20 year old has not taken to the pitch since September 16 and the sacking of Harry Redknapp as manager and Steve Cotterill coming in as his replacement has not changed that situation.
This is probably extremely frustrating for both Walsh and the Merseysiders, with the youngster heralded for his technique on the ball and passing ability but unable to show it.
Yet there is still a chance for the former England Under-18 international to test himself at this level, with the midfield ace's loan at St Andrew's expiring in January and the opportunity for him to perhaps be sent somewhere else in the division.
General view outside the Stadium of Light prior to kickoff during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.
Arguably the team that could most do with a player of Walsh's style and ability are one of only two currently below Birmingham in the table - bottom-placed Sunderland.
While they have defensively-minded options in the middle in Lee Cattermole, Paddy McNair, Didier Ndong and Jack Rodwell, they could perhaps do with someone centrally who will give them something creative going forwards.
Walsh's time in the Championship has not been a happy one so far, but there is still time even in 2017/18 to turn that around.