You could literally scroll through all the bad off the pitch news for Bolton Wanderers. Furthermore, yesterday morning the club has released a list of players either contracted to the Club as professionals or third-year scholars.
The list has revealed that only six senior players remain but with that being said, could any of the youngsters come through for the team?
There’s still a while before the new season starts. With Bolton being relegated last season, along with all the financial struggles, there’s a chance that the list could get smaller if some players gain interest from other clubs.
I’m a Bolton fan myself and along with others, I am glad to see that cuts have been made with some players. We need to start small and build again, with players who have the passion to play for us.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t play for free either like some players experienced last year. However, now that there’s some new ownership news coming to light, I would like to think we can return to the team we used to be. With the players we have got, however, which youngsters could make an impact on the season if they stay?
The 18-year-old wonder kid has been brought through Bolton’s youth since 2010, and he can play as a defender and as a midfielder. The talented teenager made his debut for the trotters in January 2019. It was in an FA cup tie in which he came on as a substitute.
He was started against Bristol in the same cup later that month, and he impressed when he assisted Mark Beevers in the only Wanderers goal. Connell was eventually rewarded with a league match start against Reading, and now his scholarship has been extended for a year. He’s even played for the Republic of Ireland’s under 17’s, 18’s and 19’s.
I think he is exactly what Bolton needs with the skill at his age, and he has the passion for the club after staying with them for so long. However, Celtic are reportedly looking at the teenager, and with other Premiership clubs also supposedly looking into a deal with Connell, it wouldn’t be surprising if he took an offer.
He’s yet to play for Bolton’s first team, but the Romanian may get a look in now that the squad has been reduced. The only problem he may face is that he came back from Salford with a shoulder injury. If he can get past that, maybe he could be a huge part of Bolton’s new season.