Bolton Wanderers youngsters staying put for now

Wanderers striker Conor Wilkinson

Wanderers striker Conor Wilkinson

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

WANDERERS’ youngsters are staying put – at least until the club’s injury crisis clears.

While Dougie Freedman has had a number of loan enquiries about the likes of Zach Clough, Chris Lester, Conor Wilkinson and Rob Hall, the Whites boss will not be entertaining any moves until the loan window reopens in just over a fortnight.

“We’ve got such a small squad that the more inexperienced players are either playing or on the bench,” he said. “There is no chance of any of them leaving before next month.

Mark Davies, Liam Trotter, Kevin McNaughton, Dean Moxey, Josh Vela and Adam Bogdan are unavailable for today’s game at Leeds.

Lester, Threlkeld, and Wilkinson featured in Tuesday night’s extra time victory over Crewe Alexandra in the Capital One Cup – which proved to be anything but a simple passage into the third round.

But Freedman reckons the trio will have learned a lot from the experience at Gresty Road.

“I’m pleased for the group of players because there were one or two youngsters in there who now know exactly what League One football is like,” he said.

“When I get their agents phoning me up and saying ‘he should be playing here and there’ then this tells them exactly what playing alongside the big boys is about.

“One or two of the younger players had played in the previous round against a League Two side and this was League One. It was a lot more difficult for them.

“I am pleased that they have had this experience. It’s good for them to come up against a good standard of opposition.”

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12:04pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Johnny Jh says...

Mark Davies not playing? Mr Freedman /Gartside unconditional support is predicated on transparent management. We are heading for another defeat (based on recent performance) Davies is one of the few players we have capable of holding his own in the Premiership and once again he's absent from the team sheet.
I'll be firmly behind the Wanderers today as will many others and we will back at the next game regardless of the result . I look forward to Mark Davies return to fitness but I can't help thinking it will coincide with a move elsewhere
Mark Davies not playing? Mr Freedman /Gartside unconditional support is predicated on transparent management. We are heading for another defeat (based on recent performance) Davies is one of the few players we have capable of holding his own in the Premiership and once again he's absent from the team sheet. I'll be firmly behind the Wanderers today as will many others and we will back at the next game regardless of the result . I look forward to Mark Davies return to fitness but I can't help thinking it will coincide with a move elsewhere Johnny Jh
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12:16pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Mark Davis is not single-handedly going to change the clubs fortunes. He might as well go, we should sell him for what we can get and buy a decent striker and wide-man. Mark Davis will be missing for 90% of the season after he plays one game.
Mark Davis is not single-handedly going to change the clubs fortunes. He might as well go, we should sell him for what we can get and buy a decent striker and wide-man. Mark Davis will be missing for 90% of the season after he plays one game. Beyond News Forum
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