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Midfielder set to stand up & lead the Bolton Wanderers fight next season – Agree?

Now that there seems to be a breakthrough at Bolton Wanderers with a buyer lined up in Football Ventures. Which player will make the difference on the pitch for their League One campaign?

Bolton doesn’t have a lot of senior players listed right now so this seemed like it was going to be a hard choice. However, there’s someone who stood out for me who I think will be the difference as the Wanderers get their season in League One started.

Erhun Oztumer

The 28-year-old midfielder has had his name thrown around in transfer gossip as Charlton Athletic seem to be interested. A lot of football fans who are keeping an eye on transfer news have suggested that other League One clubs take a look at the Turkish player. However, if he decides to stay with Bolton this season, which I presume he will, I think he will make a difference and prove himself.

Oztumer spent his youth with Charlton Athletic which explains the interest they have in him now. He only joined Bolton in 2018 but with the financial struggles that ended up causing problems on the pitch, he never really got a chance. Focus also wasn’t even on the team and their performance, it was more on the owners and the money issues.

The midfielder did manage to score for Bolton in a 2-1 defeat to Leeds United in the EFL cup back in August. Although his more impressive form came from his previous club, Walsall. From 2016-2018, in 86 appearances, he scored 30 goals. This goes to show that if he gets the chance to start or appear in games, he will perform.

In a recent interview, Erhun explained how the problems behind the scenes at Bolton Wanderers took an effect on the players. He said that the club wasn’t a fun place to be. He went on to say,

“Over the past few years that I have played in League One I feel like I improved every time. I got more comfortable expressing myself on the ball. When I feel safe and secure, that’s when a club gets the best out of me.”

This is clearly true as when he was at Walsall, he was named in the PFA Sky Bet League One Team Of The Year in both of the seasons he played for them.

He’s used to the league that Bolton have to face, and he’ll be ready to prove to other clubs that he may be worth a chance as his contract runs out at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

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