Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Remi Matthews faces a nervous wait over a decision on his future at the club, with his current deal at the University of Bolton Stadium set to expire in the summer of 2020.
Matthews has been a regular in Keith Hill’s side, making 36 appearances in total for the Trotters, as they continue to struggle in League One.
Bolton are currently sat bottom of the third-tier standings, and are 21 points adrift of safety after a dismal season on the pitch.
They have had their fair share of off-the-field problems, which have evidently played their part in a disappointing league campaign this term.
Speaking in an interview with The Bolton News, Matthews wouldn’t be drawn into making any bold claims over his future at the club.
“It is in the back of my head. Anything could happen. I can’t sit here and say I’ll be playing here, or signing for whoever, it’s a case of taking it game by game.”
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We look at THREE reasons why Bolton must act fast in securing Matthews’ long-term future at the club before the end of this year’s campaign.
Matthews has been a rare bright spark for the Trotters.
It’s difficult to read much into Matthews’ record in between the posts this season.
The goalkeeper has conceded 74 goals in total across all competitions this term, but you have to take into consideration that he has had a young defence in front of him for much of this year’s campaign.
He has won Bolton numerous points with some quite heroic displays, and the club would be foolish not to try and get him to commit his future to the Trotters.
He brings much-needed experience to the Bolton team.
At the age of 26, Matthews is one of the more experienced members of Keith Hill’s squad, who have been heavily reliant on the club’s younger players to fill the matchday squad.
The youngsters could learn a lot from an experienced professional like Matthews, and he would be able to guide them in the right direction on the pitch, whilst also having an influence off-the-field.
It’s important to get the right balance between youth and experience in any team, and Keith Hill needs to make sure he has that as they prepare for next season.
There are certain to be other clubs interested in signing him.
Matthews has been a rare bright spark for Bolton this season, and you have to feel as though they would already be relegated without him.
His impressive performances won’t have gone unnoticed though, which is likely to have heightened interest from other clubs who could be keen to sign him at the end of this season.
Bolton need to act swiftly to tie him down to a new deal, as it seems as though he’ll have plenty of potential suitors heading into the summer.