Ben Alnwick could leave Bolton Wanderers on a free, with links to Huddersfield, Wigan and Charlton Athletic.
Ben Alnwick is a 32 year-old established goalkeeper currently playing for Bolton Wanderers, who were recently relegated to League One.
Alnwick has been signed to fourteen different clubs since his career began in 2004, seven of which were loans from Tottenham Hotspur to clubs such as Luton, Leicester and Leeds. His experience majors at the Championship and the League One level of English Football, after failing to break into the first team at Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur. He failed to make a mark in the Premier League, much like Huddersfield Town, who are reportedly interested in his services.
With Huddersfield losing their goalkeeper Jonas Lossl to Everton for free, replacing him with Ben Alnwick, a man with over 250 career appearances, also for free, seems a sensible and suitable option for the recently Premier League level side.
However, according to Marc Iles, the Chief football writer at The Bolton News, Alnwick told him that “(Bolton) is still somewhere I enjoy playing my football. I love the place.”
Two Championship sides, Wigan and Huddersfield, could save Alnwick from returning to League One and allow him to do what he does best in a first-team selection in the Championship, as both clubs seek to replace their current number ones.
However, with regards to Alnwick’s comments, and his 28 appearances last season for Bolton Wanderers, it appears the shot-stopper’s allegiance lies with his current club.
Despite this, one fan responded to the aforementioned tweet by Marc Iles, the Chief football writer at The Bolton News, expressing concern for both the club and Alnwick himself. The tweet reads “Can we really afford 2 first team goalies though. Matthews is a good young keeper who will shine in that league. Fair play to him if he leaves, he’s got bills to pay at the end of the day”.
Ben Alnwick’s future isn’t set in stone, but at only 32 years of age, he could be a part of a team with a slightly brighter future than Bolton Wanderers. As both Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic are undoubtedly keen to see Premier League action once again, potentially allowing Alnwick to finally demonstrate his worth in the top flight of English football towards to final chapter of his career.