We have taken a look at some of the former Bolton names who are still involved in the game despite no longer playing in England.

Dapo Afolayan

Joined Wanderers in 2021, initially on loan from West Ham before making the move permanent the following summer.

Quickly became a fan favourite, scoring 14 goals during the 2021/22 campaign and winning the club’s Player of the Year award.

Was snapped up by St Pauli in January 2023 and helped the club win Bundesliga 2 last term, finding the net 10 times in 34 games.

Marcos Alonso

Arrived from Real Madrid in 2010 and went on to spend three years in the North West, making nearly 50 appearances for the Whites.

Went on to have stints at Fiorentina, Sunderland and Chelsea before heading to Barcelona in the summer of 2022.

Made eight appearances for the Spanish giants last season and is reportedly heading out the exit door this summer, with Atletico Madrid said to be interested in his services.

Lloyd Isgrove

Headed to Wanderers in 2020 after Ian Evatt took charge and helped the squad achieve an unlikely promotion straight back to League One.

Played 24 times the following season before picking up the first of two major hamstring injuries, which eventually saw him depart the club in the summer of 2023.

Decided to move overseas to sign for Hume City in Australia and has scored some impressive goals over the past year.

Zach Clough

Burst onto the scene as a youngster at Wanderers, scoring on his debut in 2015 and finishing the following season as the Whites’ top scorer.

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Snapped up by Nottingham Forest in 2017 but returned to Bolton on loan the following year. He also had stints at Rochdale, Wigan and Carlise before heading to Adelaide United a couple of years ago.

The 29-year-old forward scored eight goals in 26 appearances last term as the side finished eighth in the A-League.

Mark Beevers

Joined Wanderers in the summer of 2016 and went on to spend three years in the North West, racking up 132 appearances.

Headed to Peterborough in 2019 and played a further 100 times for Posh before also making the move to the A-League to sign for Perth Glory.

Has not featured since December due to an injury picked up after a “freak challenge” in training and will depart the club this summer following the expiry of his contract.


Had a stint on loan at Wanderers from Benfica and played 17 times in the Premier League under Owen Coyle.

Spent six years at Valencia before returning to English football in a big money move to Leeds in the summer of 2020.

Rodrigo’s time at Elland Road came to an end last summer and he headed to Saudi Arabia to join Al-Rayyan, making 15 appearances over the past season.

Vladimir Weiss

Arrived on loan from Manchester City in January 2010 and played 13 times as the Whites avoided relegation to the Championship.

Went on to have spells at Rangers, Espanyol, Pescara and Olympiakos before heading to Slovan Bratislava in his home country of Slovakia in 2020.

Weiss scored six goals in 23 games last term, including a brace in a Champions League qualifying tie against Luxembourg outfit Swift Hesperange

Marlon Fossey

Headed to Bolton on loan from Fulham in January 2022 and had a big impact from wing-back before his season was cut short by injury, scoring in a 3-2 victory at Oxford.

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Evatt had been keen to bring him back to the Toughsheet Community Stadium the following season but he ended up joining St Liege, playing 30 times last term.

Wanderers ended up signing Conor Bradley on loan from Liverpool, which certainly helped sooth the pain left by Fossey’s departure.

Dedryck Boyata

Joined to Wanderers in 2011, also on loan from Manchester City, and made 17 appearances as the club was relegated from the top flight.

Played for FC Twente, Celtic and Hertha Berlin before heading to Belgian side Club Brugge in the summer of 2022.

Boyata made 12 appearances last season as the side won the league title for the sixth time in nine years.

Pawel Olkowski

Spent the 2018/19 campaign at Wanderers, making 37 appearances as the side was relegated from the Championship under Phil Parkinson.

Had signed a two-year deal with the Whites but left after 12 months due to pay issues, heading to Turkish club Gazisehir Gaziantep instead.

Currently playing in Poland with Gornik Zabrze and featured 23 times last term as they finished sixth in Ekstraklasa.

Dennis Politic

One of the Junior Whites who held Coventry to a goalless draw in 2019 amid the club’s problems off the pitch, Politic made 30 first-team appearances for Wanderers.

Had a loan spell at Port Vale before joining Cremonese on a permanent deal in January 2022. He returned to Vale Park the following season after failing to make his mark at the Italian club.

Currently playing for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania and could come up against ex-Bolton boss Neil Lennon next term after the Northern Irishman took charge of rivals Rapid FC.

Xavier Amaechi

Arrived at Wanderers on loan from Hamburg in the summer of 2021 but suffered a fractured metatarsal in a pre-season fixture against Preston North End.

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Returned to action several months later and got on the scoresheet during a 2-2 draw against Cheltenham but his bad injury luck continued.

Left Hamburg in the summer of 2023 and spent last term at Bundesliga 2 club Magdeburg, coming up against former team-mate Afolayan earlier this year.

Thibaud Verlinden

Spent the first half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Bolton, scoring three goals in 17 matches before returning to parent club Stoke.

Left the Potters in January 2021 to join Fortuna Sittard but left the Dutch outfit the following summer, heading to Dunajska Streda in Slovakia.

Has been at Belgian club Beerschot for the past couple of years and found the net five times in 30 games last term.

Zack Elbouzedi

Joined Wanderers on loan from Lincoln in January 2021 and played 14 times as the squad raced up the table and eventually sealed promotion at Crawley.

Signed for Swedish giants AIK the following summer and has racked up more than 50 appearances over the past few years.

Returned to League Two to join Swindon on loan for the second half of last term, helping the Robins finish 12 points above the drop zone.

Wellington Silva

Headed to Bolton on loan from Arsenal in 2015/16 and scored twice in 25 matches as the side was relegated from the second tier.

Returned to Brazil the following summer, spending the next five years at Fluminense. Silva also had a stint in Japan before joining Cuiaba in 2023.

Spent the past six months in Saudi Arabia with Al-Najma, scoring three goals in 16 matches for the club.

Ryo Miyachi

Another player who had a loan spell at Wanderers from Arsenal, Miyachi played 14 times during the second half of the 2011/12 season.

Also had stints at Wigan and FC Twente before heading to St Pauli in 2015, spending the next six years with the German outfit.

Now plays for Japanese side Yokohama and has been regularly involved since the start of the J1 League campaign in February.