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Why former Plymouth man is perfect for the Bolton Wanderers rebuild

Antoni Sarcevic Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers has now confirmed the signing of former Plymouth Argyle midfielder Antoni Sarcevic on a two-year deal.

He arrives as new boss Ian Evatt looks to rebuild a fresh look Bolton side following their relegation from League One this season.  

Sarcevic arrives with Bolton having already secured the services of prolific frontman Eoin Doyle. Wanderers fans will be hoping the pair will both make big contributions, as they aim to bounce straight back up into English football’s third tier.

The signings show that Bolton are still able to attract a high calibre of player, even at the lower levels of the EFL. The Wanderers supposedly beating off interest from Salford City and Mansfield to capture Sarcevic’s signature.

The midfielder was key to note the clubs stature being a factor in his decision to make the move to the University of Bolton stadium.

“The club speaks for itself really doesn’t it? As soon as Bolton Wanderers come to try and sign you it’s a massive plus. When I found out of the interest it was a move that I wanted to get done straight away.”

So why is his signing going to be so key for the Trotters this season?

Proven at this level

To say Sarcevic is proven at this level is something of an understatement. He’s been there, done that and got the t-shirt, to more than prove he’s up to the challenge that League Two has to offer.

He’s tasted promotion at this level with Fleetwood Town in 2013-14 and has twice been promoted with Plymouth. Previously back in the 2016-17 season where he helped the Pilgrims to second place, and the most recent 2019-20 campaign. He also picked up the clubs player of the year award on Argyle’s way to finishing third.

He’ll now be aiming for a fourth with his new club.

Midfield creativity

Last season’s league return of 10 goals and 6 assists, further highlights the abilities that the Manchester-born midfielder brings to the club.

This is, however, by no means a one-off. Sarcevic has demonstrated he can also perform at the level above, averaging a goal contribution (a goal or an assist), a touch over every six games in League One.

Furthermore, when we turn our attentions to League Two, we see these stats improve once again. An impressive 26 goals and 15 assists across 102 league appearances lead to a goal contribution under every 2.5 games.

With figures like these, Sarcevic certainly does look like the perfect man for Bolton.

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