Writer: Nicky Crompton
Date:Tuesday May 6 2014
This past season we haven't had too much to be optimistic about. However, on watching the last game of the season against Birmingham, I think some of our academy players are ready to step up to compete for regular first team football.
Andy Kellett has been hailed as one of Bolton's brightest prospects for a few years now, and has maybe come into the first team setup a bit later than we had been led to expect, but I think he could do very well for us in seasons to come. Primarily a left back, Dougie has deployed him as a left winger - maybe to avoid having to play two junior full backs at the same time. Anyway, he looked very comfortable pushing forward on the ball showing good pace and technical ability.
Oscar Threlkeld started in two consecutive matches and has in two fairly solid displays for the Whites. He's sound enough at the back and this will no doubt improve as he matures, as will his energetic runs up and down the right wing. He's good on the ball and almost troubled Birmingham goalkeeper Randolph with a lobbed cross. I'd be happy enough for him to get 20+ games next season. Whether he's ready yet to make that right back position his own, we're yet to see.
Hayden White was handed his debut at Loftus Road, coming on in the first half for the injured Tim Ream. He did reasonably well considering he was up against such attacking talents as Matt Phillips and Junior Hoillet - two of the best wingers in the league, but if you're going to play in the Championship you should be prepared to step up your game against the best in the League. At only 19 years old, White is another talented right back who could challenge for a first team place in the near future.
Connor Wilkinson was signed from Millwall last Summer, and has featured regularly for the development squad and went out on loan and played for Chester and Torquay. He has also received caps for the Republic of Ireland's U19 squad.
Striker Jamie Thomas has scored several classy goals for the U18's squad this season, a free kick and a well-judged chip stand out for me. At just 17 years old, the young striker looks like another exciting prospect.
Winger Chris Lester spent time on loan at Chester this season and his hard work and talent has found himself featuring on the bench for Bolton this season. As has George Iliev's - both of them were on the bench against Birmingham.
We have a lot of good young talent amongst our ranks, and our Development and U18 squads look promising. However, as we know not everyone manages to fulfil their potential- Danny Ward looked like a future Whites star and was shipped out to Huddersfield, where he's been okay. Injuries have held back Joe Riley from cementing a regular place in our team, and Jay Lynch has been released by the club. However, I am confident that several (hopefully all) of our youth players manage to live up to their potential.
Written by Nicky Crompton
Mr Ecky sends his best to the Vital Bolton community, he's currently not well, he'll be back as soon as possible and in the meantime, he's got a staff writer to fill in for him.
If anyone has something to share in the meantime (this gives a genuine Bolton point of view from a Bolton fan!) feel free to fire an email through.
Please include your username so I can put that to it though.
To email your own unique article/blog for publishing ***CLICK HERE***
Date:Tuesday May 6 2014
Millwall 0-1 Bolton Wanderers: Player Ratings (Sunday December 21 2014)
Stats: Millwall v Bolton Wanderers (Saturday December 20 2014)
A Tribute To Max Clayton (Thursday December 18 2014)
Filipe Morais Linked With Bolton Switch (Wednesday December 17 2014)
Vital Bolton Christmas Dinner (Wednesday December 17 2014)
Joe Mason Set For Cardiff City return? (Tuesday December 16 2014)
Andrew Lonergan Set To Continue First Team Run (Monday December 15 2014)
Football Aid 2015 - Ultimate Bolton Xmas Gift! (Monday December 15 2014)
Bolton Wanderers Avoid Transfer Embargo (Monday December 15 2014)
Loan Track: Andy Kellett (Sunday December 14 2014)
|14. Sheff Wed||22||6||10||6||-5||28|
|18. Leeds Utd||22||6||6||10||-7||24|
|Hoolahan Wants Premier League Football
» Norwich : 22/12/2014 13:25:00
|Looking ahead to 2015 and beyond.
» Charlton : 22/12/2014 13:17:00
|Cardiff vs Brentford Match Review
» Brentford : 22/12/2014 11:58:00
|Wolves must improve to chase play-offs
» Wolves : 22/12/2014 11:00:00
» Wolves : 22/12/2014 10:00:00