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Stoke City pull their man from Bolton Wanderers squad

This weekend saw Bolton Wanderers kicked out of the FA Cup by League Two’s Plymouth Argyle. One player that wasn’t in the Bolton squad was Thibaud Verlinden.

Now, The Bolton News have reported why.

Verlinden is only on loan to Bolton. Like many players that have been recruited recently for the Trotters, he has been very impressive so far.

However, fans have been worried about what Bolton will do if these players have to return to their parent clubs soon.

Thibaud wasn’t in Bolton’s side that faced Plymouth this weekend. This had fans questioning what had happened to him.

The Bolton News has now revealed how it was actually Stoke who stopped their man from playing.

Stoke City

The winger is on loan from Stoke until January. However, new Stoke City boss, Michael O’Neill pulled him from Bolton’s FA Cup clash.

This now means that the Belgian player could enter Stoke’s squad for the competition. It has also confirmed Bolton’s worries about Stoke calling him back in January.

Plymouth Argyle

Bolton lost 1-0 this weekend against the League Two side. It was clear that they lacked creativity on the pitch, which was their main downfall. However, they can now start to concentrate more on clawing back in the league.

Whether Thibaud could have made a difference to the game or not will never be known for sure. However, finding a January replacement for the winger will be a hard job for Keith Hill, who up to now as got his recruitment right.

How is Stoke’s Thibaud Verlinden getting on at Bolton?

Stoke fans were shocked when Bolton signed their winger, Thibaud Verlinden. He’s only on loan with Keith Hill’s side but Stoke fans thought he would be ready to join their first team this season.

As a Bolton fan, I would like to thank Stoke. Verlinden has been absolutely brilliant for us so far.

The skill that the 20 year old has is unbelievable. He has also shown the determination with the rest of the Bolton team to try and get points.

Stoke fans will welcome him back with open arms. This spell in League One will prepare him for regular football if Stoke want to feature him in their first team.

Unfortunately, he suffered a groin injury a few weeks ago and missed two games. However, he’s back now and fit.

Current form

In 7 games, he has scored 2 goals. The youngster is talented. Not only can he score goals and contribute to others but he can also inspire with his footwork.

He isn’t afraid to take on opposition and get stuck in. I would say that he is definitely getting the most out of his time at Bolton.


Before he returns to Stoke in January, there are still a few things he needs to work on.

One thing is fouls. When Verlinden played against Blackpool, he picked up a yellow card and the referee had to have a word with him. That didn’t stop him however, as he continued to be quite careless on the pitch.

Stoke City and Aston Villa go head to head over Man Utd defender

Man United defender, Axel Tuanzebe has gained interest from Stoke City and Aston Villa. According to the Daily Mail, Man United want to keep hold of him.

The offers these clubs are making are expected to be rejected, as Tuanzebe has been put in the first-team plans at Old Trafford ahead of the season.

The 21-year-old is wanted by Stoke, and apparently only on a loan basis as Ryan Shawcross is out with a broken ankle which he picked up in pre-season. This leaves Nathan Jones looking for a replacement.

Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest have also registered their interest as he impressed at Villa Park last season. However, as well as Man United looking likely to reject any bids, the defender is also reluctant to leave his current club as he wants the chance to impress at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also prepared to move out one of his defenders after the arrival of Harry Maguire. However, the injury that Eric Bailey has sustained means he doesn’t want to leave himself short of cover options. This also means that Solskjaer needs the 21-year-old to step up to Premier League football.

It’s a fair plan from Man United, as they’ve just spent so much on Maguire that building their own players and making them step up to league football is a sensible option. Hopefully, Tuanzebe can pull through, have a good season, stand out to clubs and push up his fees in case he wants to leave in the future, although right now, he should be given a chance.

Gossip begins to heighten amidst takeover rumours for Bolton Wanderers

Alan Nixon has tweeted a Bolton Wanderers takeover rumour that The Football Manc Cave has a little more news on.

Nixon has revealed how Terry Robinson, an experienced English football chairman and director. Is a name on the agenda for possibly being the director of Bolton Wanderers if Football Ventures can complete the takeover deal.

Terry Robinson has been involved in a few clubs including Bury where he was chairman for twenty years. He’s also been involved in Sheffield Utd, Stoke City and Leicester City. Bolton fans may recognise his name from when he was involved in the club a couple of years back. Robinson left us in 2016 but apparently could be making a return.

A source says…

A source close to us has stated how this may be just gossip. Apparently, Robinson has had some conversations with people about Bolton although absolutely no offer has been made. The conversations he’s had were more him giving advice rather than him being asked to re-join the club. He has no idea where the rumours have come from.

I wish I could write this article and just give you my opinion on this rumour and that be it. Unfortunately, the word, ‘if’ in Alan Nixon’s original tweet has taken centre stage for me. This is because Bolton fans are sick of hearing the word ‘if’ when around three weeks ago Football Ventures were supposed to be completing the takeover.

Now we’ve got players refusing to play over still not being paid, no friendlies going ahead and absolutely no news of what’s going on. It’s about time we stopped hearing ‘if’s and but’s’ and more ‘what’s, when’s, where’s.’

It’s such a sad and disappointing time to be a Bolton fan. We are all dreading the start of this coming season because everyone thought that our club would be financially stable by now. Or at least, have the take over completed so we could work on our squad. Instead, the first game of the season is upon us and we barely have a squad.

3 youth players that need to step up and impress in pre-season for Bolton Wanderers

With the situation behind the scenes at Bolton Wanderers seemingly improving, the Football Manc Cave thought they’d have a look at three youth players who will look to impress.

Bolton Wanderers were in an awful financial situation at the end of last season that saw players and management go unpaid, fan protests and also resulted in relegation. It’s now looking as though a buyer has been found in Football Ventures headed by Sharon Brittan, and some normality can start to take place again.

Bolton still hasn’t confirmed anything substantial as of yet. Which means the squad is still short of players and pre-season training has been mocked by fans, with the number of players actually there. As the situation hopefully draws to a close, players will hopefully be recruited. However, until then, I have picked out three of the younger players that will want to make a difference to the team and try to start making an impact now.

Liam Edwards

The 22-year-old spent his youth with Stoke City before he signed for Bolton. He got sent out on loan to Southport last season to get some playing time and experience. The centre back will be hoping for the first team to give him a chance as there’s not a lot of players to choose from. There’s actually no defenders listed on the club website so far, which will put him at the top of the empty list until Bolton can sign some players. He’ll look to make an impression in pre-season friendlies.

Dennis Politic

The 19-year-old midfielder will more than likely be called up to the first time this season after his loan to Salford City last year. The Romanian midfielder came back from his loan this year and is now straight back into training. According to the Bolton News, he’s supposedly impressing management and the squad with his attitude towards being a part of the struggling team. The teenager will want to meet the first team criteria and prove that he’s ready to start next season.

Ronan Darcy

The 18-year-old striker who made a name for himself after, being brought on as a substitute in Bolton’s last game of the season against Nottingham Forest last year. He is another player alongside Politic that is impressing with his positive attitudes towards training and being a part of the team. The youngster may have to be an option for Bolton if the financial situation goes on any longer, and stops them from bringing in recruits.

Oldham Athletic’s Peter Clarke and George Edmundson Sweep Awards Up, and Deservedly So

When both players were injured at Newport County, it is hardly surprising that Latics went on to lose the game and then let in five against Northampton when the duo were again missing for the final game of the season.

Oldham Athletic’s Awards Dinner was dominated by Peter Clarke (Trust Oldham Player of the Season, Supporter’s Player of the Season and Goal of the Season) and George Edmundson (Oldham Athletic Community Trust Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season) and rightly so. Both player’s contributions to this season have been immensely important and cannot be ignored.

Peter Clarke’s contract expires at the end of this season and depending on where you read it, he is not expected to remain at Boundary Park because he wants a move or the club have no intention of offering him a contract. Peter Wild who obviously knows Clarke well said “Pete has made a phenomenal impact on the club, leads as a role model on and off the pitch, any young player in the game looking to get into the game or establish themselves in the game should look no further than Peter Clarke, he’s the ultimate role model for this football club and many players across the country.”

Clarke hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, or not being as sharp as is capable of and to lose such a player would be a grave mistake indeed. Given that he has played most of the games this season, he should be given the chance to lead the line again next season.

George Edmondson still has 12 months left on his contract but it hasn’t stopped club’s from keeping an eye on him. Sunderland, Stoke and Preston have all been reported as showing interest and, if they come up with a big enough carrot, cash strapped Latics are unlikely to be able to resist it. The fact that he was the players choice as Player of the Year, shows that the 21-year-old has a bright future.

Curzon Ashton Need to be Going For This Type Of Player In January

The transfer window always gets a lot of coverage for the big clubs, the world and their dog will know the latest big money moves in the Premiership, and with big clubs like Sunderland now in the lower leagues, there is attention there too.

However, it’s just as important for National League and non-league clubs. With football at this level hard to clamber out of, a bit of nouse in the transfer market is totally essential to success, and indeed, survival at this level.

Curzon Ashton have been very reliant of late on two types of players, and the same is true for a lot of teams at this level.

Type one is young players who are either on loan or released from other academies, we have a huge number at the moment from Oldham Athletic and some very young players on loan from Stoke.

Type two are players who have been playing at National League North and Northern Premier level for forever and a day.

Both of these have their advantages, young players tend to have plenty of pace, and those at the academies of bigger clubs will have had a huge amount of exceptional coaching, likely from their early teens. And those with plenty of experience in this level will understand how physical a game this can be at times, know the eccentricities of football at this level, Salford’s sloping pitch, huge crowds at FC United, and so on. Together it all sounds like a pretty good combination. However there is one sort of player Curzon doesn’t really have, and I’ll give you two words… Jon Parkin

I’m not suggesting Curzon sign Parkin, but that sort of player who has done the rounds in the less glamorous echelons of professional English Football (Parkin has played at the likes of Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Newport and so on) can be a huge asset. If you go and watch York City, you’ll notice Parkin looks like a member of the crowd’s dad has come on to play, however more importantly, touch, accuracy and vision is usually a step above most players at that level. They can also act as a leader for the younger players finding their feet in the game.

Players like this are hard to come by, you’re either retired or you’re not generally. But if you can grab one, they can be a huge asset to any team and if I was handling transfers and scouting at the Nash that is the sort of player I would be looking out for.