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PON Factfile: Matty Virtue


Joe Jones

Notts County have moved quickly to replace recalled Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates by signing Liverpool Under-23s captain Matty Virtue on loan.

Here is some information about the player's identity, career, achievements and style of play.

Full name: Matthew Joseph Virtue-Thick

Date of birth: May 2, 1997

Place of birth: Epsom

Age: 20

Height: Unknown

Nationality: English

Position: Midfield / Defensive Midfield

Preferred foot: Right

Last club: None

Came through the ranks at: Liverpool

Other clubs he has played for: Chelsea youth

Thoughts on player - Neil Critchey, Liverpool academy coach: "I must give a mention to Matty Virtue, who has been outstanding for us this season in midfield. He is going from strength to strength and he was driving the team forward at Arsenal and constantly getting into the box. He is a great example to all of our younger players around him. If you put the hours in, if you practise and you are dedicated to your profession then you can improve and you will improve. He is a great role model for the boys. I thought Matty had a good 2016-17 season and he has started where he left off, and hopefully he can keep doing that and he may surprise one or two people I think."

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He seems to have a good reputation and pedigree already.

However, looking at him - he seems like the type of player that might find League Two difficult. I just hope his attitude and desire is that of someone who wants to do well. If he can push himself, my minor concerns won't be an issue because he will learn from playing.

Fingers crossed he's got some pace about him also, that would be handy!

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