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2 Bolton Wanderers players who could be subject to January transfer interest and why

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Bolton Wanderers will be looking to get back to winning ways in League One tomorrow when they head to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth.

After initially making a relatively positive start to the 2021/22 campaign under the guidance of manager Ian Evatt, the Trotters have experienced a slump in form in recent weeks.

Having failed to win any of their last four league games, it will be intriguing to see how Bolton will fare in their showdown with Portsmouth.

With the transfer window set to open in January, some of Bolton’s players may attract attention from elsewhere if they produce some eye-catching displays at this level.

Here, we take a look at TWO Trotters players who we believe could be the subject of significant interest in the upcoming window…

Dapo Afolayan 

After helping Bolton secure promotion to League One during the previous campaign, Dapo Afolayan joined the club on a permanent basis in the summer.

The attacker has since managed to take his game to new heights by delivering a host of impressive performances in the the third-tier for the Trotters.

During the 15 League One appearances that he has made for Bolton, Afolayan has scored seven goals whilst he has also chipped in with two assists.

If Afolayan continues to impress at this level for the Trotters, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he attracts interest from sides in the Championship in January as he clearly possesses the talent needed to play at a higher level.

For Bolton’s sake, they must turn down any potential bids from elsewhere for the 24-year-old as they simply cannot afford to lose him.

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Bolton Wanderers won 22 league games last season

 

Ricardo Santos

Ricardo Santos has featured in 13 of Bolton’s 15 league fixtures this season following an impressive 2020/21 campaign in fourth-tier which culminated in him being named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year.

Only three of his team-mates have recorded a better average WhoScored match rating than the defender (6.78) in League One as he has managed to produce some assured displays for the Trotters.

If Santos continues to deliver the goods on a consistent basis for his side, he could potentially attract some attention from elsewhere in January as teams look to bolster their squads.

Although Bolton could be in line to receive a sizeable fee for Santos due to the fact that his contract is not set to expire until 2023, they should keep him at the club as they may find it difficult to draft in a suitable replacement during the upcoming window.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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