According to The Peterborough Telegraph, Bolton Wanderers midfielder, Luke Murphy could be on his way out of Phil Parkinson’s side.
Bolton Wanderers have made headlines since last season with their financial troubles. As a result of the problems behind the scenes, the team got relegated to League One at the end of last season.
Bolton now has only 7 senior squad members after unpaid wages have seen players leave over the summer. Some are still undecided as there’s a lack of news coming from the University of Bolton Stadium. Now one of their few options for next season could be on his way out as Luke Murphy has recurved interest from Peterborough.
If the transfer does go ahead, what could he bring to the club?
The 29-year-old has been around a few different teams. He’s previously played for Crewe Alexandra, Leeds Utd and Burton Albion. However, this isn’t the main reason why I’ve chosen his experience as the main quality that he could take with him to Peterborough. I’ve also picked this because whether he stays or goes to Peterborough, he will be playing League One football. Furthermore, if he moves to the Posh, he’ll be taking his experience of playing in the Championship with him. Being in a lower league should be a little easier for him.
All of the above is what leads me to this next point. When Murphy was at Crewe Alexandra, he captained the team. In 2012/13, as well as leading the squad, he also won their player of the year award. I think a player who’s captained a team in the past always has the confidence of joining a new team and being able to fit right in. They also have the ability to step up and deliver in times of need.
As well as the two qualities above, after a pretty dull season that left all Bolton players feeling deflated, if Murphy decides to join any new team, I think it will give him the determination to do well. He will definitely want to make an impression as he starts to enjoy football again. After all, you’ve got to be able to play better without the stress of not knowing when you’re going to get paid.