With Stevenage going into 2012 looking to follow up a hugely successful year, we moved quickly in snapping up Everton midfielder James Wallace. Completed during the January transfer window, the loan deal bolstered a midfield lacking the influential John Mousinho; our tour-de-force in the middle out injured at the time. Inexplicably, however, the midfielder didn’t even get the chance to play here. It is not clear if the January 2012 change in gaffer was to blame. But Boro’ fans never had the opportunity to see what the young midfielder was capable of.
James Wallace: Before Boro’
Wallace joined the Toffees at the tender age of 13-years-old. He made his senior debut in the Europa League in August 2009, but was put out of action until the following year by a double hernia. After his return to fitness, the midfielder was loaned out to gain first team action in the Football League; Stevenage was to be his fourth port of call. A sign of his talent is the fact that Wallace had gained international recognition with the England U19 and U20 squads.