Yannick Bastos not yet ready for first-team football at Bolton Wanderers

Yannick Bastos is one for the future, says Dougie Freedman

Yannick Bastos is one for the future, says Dougie Freedman

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

YANNICK Bastos is likely to need time to adjust before coming into contention for Wanderers’ first team, claims Dougie Freedman.

The Luxembourg international, pictured, is on the verge of signing on a permanent deal from FC Differdange.

Freedman has watched the midfielder personally and feels he has got a good chance of making the grade in English football.

But the Wanderers boss admits it will take Bastos time to come to terms with the professional game, after only four seasons of top flight football in Luxembourg.

“He’s a very young player, 20 years of age, and he is really for the development squad,” he said.

“He is studying over there but he’s not really for the first team right now. We’ll see how things go.

“I keep an eye on the future of this football club. People keep telling me to concentrate on the first team but that’s what I do."

Bastos, who has four caps for his country, agreed personal terms this evening and should pen an 18-month contract early next week.

Football in Luxembourg is effectively semi-professional and the young right-winger has been studying maths, history and French to further his career back home.

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