Bolton Wanderers have announced the signing of midfielder Tom White on a season-long loan from Blackburn Rovers.
The 23-year-old arrives having spent last season playing under Ian Evatt in his previous managerial role at Barrow. White made 18 appearances, scoring two goals, as Barrow saw the promotion from the National League as champions.
White signed a two year deal for Rovers at the start of the 19-20 season, following an impressive campaign with National League outfit Gateshead. He’s also represented England ‘C’, earning caps against Wales and Estonia.
He becomes Bolton’s fifth major signing of the summer and like previous arrivals, White was quick to point to the attraction of playing for a club with such stature,
“I’m absolutely delighted to have joined the club.”
“It’s been in the offing for a while but there was only one place I wanted to come this summer and I’m buzzing it’s finally done.”
This will be White’s first taste of the EFL having not yet made a senior appearance for Blackburn. It will be a step-up the Englishman will relish and with only one year remaining on his current deal at Rovers, he will be looking to impress and possibly secure a permanent contract with the Wanderers next year.
So what will White bring to the Whites?
A complete midfielder
Although fans may not be too familiar with Tom White, Evatt was quick to point out his new man’s key attributes;
“While Tom might not be a name known to our fans, I know him very well as I had him last year at Barrow.”
“He is the complete midfield player who can run, pass, dribble and break up play. He is a great acquisition to our squad.”
With much still to learn at just 23 years of age, supporters will be hoping for another promotion this season for the central midfielder under Evatt.
Previous experience Evatt
As soon as Evatt was appointed Bolton manager, it was clear he would bring with him a certain football philosophy. The recruitment of players who understand this would be vital in determining Bolton’s success this coming season.
White has already spoken of his delight at playing in an Evatt side again,
“I’ve got a really good relationship with the gaffer. His record last year speaks for itself and it’s an honour that he’s asked me to come here with him because I know how good of a manager he is.”
Without being able to sign players directly from Evatt’s old club Barrow, this is a really shrewd piece of business by Bolton, as they bring in someone who’s already previously flourished under their new manager.