Former Wanderers striker Emile Heskey reckons there is a “big opportunity” for promotion in League One this season.

Ian Evatt’s men are only outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference at this stage and have won their last seven games in all competitions.

Heskey, who finished his career at Bolton before hanging up his boots in 2016, is pleased to see the Whites near the top of the table.

He hopes the club can continue its upward trajectory after coming through tough times in recent memory.

"You see how big the club is and you see what the fanbase need and want,” the 45-year-old told Football League World.

"They will come in their droves if they get that and I'm sure they are getting that now, which is great.

"This season is a big opportunity to get back into the Championship, one step away from the Premier League where they believe they should be."

Wanderers were due to make the trip to the Abbey Stadium to take on Cambridge this weekend, but that fixture was postponed due to international call-ups.

The Whites are back in action on Saturday, November 25 when they welcome Exeter to the Toughsheet Community Stadium (3pm).

Heskey, who scored 110 Premier League goals for Leicester, Liverpool and Aston Villa among others, took up a coaching role with the England Under-18 side earlier this season to mentor the next generation of talent.

The forward represented his country 62 times as a player, featuring at five major tournaments and scoring seven goals.

The Under-17 World Cup is currently taking place in Indonesia and England sit top of their group, having won both of their opening fixtures against New Caledonia and Iran. They face a tough test against Brazil on Friday afternoon.

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