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Josh Ginnelly joined Walsall on loan in August but it has taken him until November to make an impact with the League One club where he has now started to grab the opportunity with both hands.

He made his debut for them in a 2-0 home defeat against Yeovil in the League Cup in early August but for the next two and a half months was restricted to just two Football League Trophy appearances. He had initially been on the bench for league games but lost that place.

1516 burnley josh ginnelly 00 630x420Last month he did get four substitute appearances in the league but then, last week, got two starts in two competitions and things have changed dramatically for him. The first of them was a 1-0 win at Leicester in the Trophy and his performance in that game, played eight days ago, won him a place in the starting eleven for their league game at MK.

On his first ever league start, he got an assist when he set up Scott Laird to give Walsall a 1-0 lead. He played all but the last six minutes but they were held to a draw when former Burnley loan player Dean Bowditch scored a 90th minute equaliser.

Josh is certainly beginning to impress his manager Jon Whitney who told the Walsall Advertiser: “His work for the team was great and his coping strategies have improved ten fold. He is enjoying his football and I enjoy watching him.

“His delivery is fantastic. He takes the shackles off and he’s got belief. Every time he gets the ball you think he’s going to create a chance and the ball for the goal was excellent.”

Ginnelly won his place due to an injury to Kieron Morris and the newspaper reported earlier this week: “He started well against Macclesfield in the FA Cup before fading badly but has since arguably been Walsall’s best player at Leicester and MK.

“He has pace to burn but his outstanding quality is his delivery, both from set pieces and open play, which is Premier League quality.”

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