It’s been a frustrating season for Bolton Wanderers, with it looking increasingly likely that the Trotters will be relegated into League Two this term.
Keith Hill’s side are currently sat bottom of the third tier standings, and are 21 points adrift of safety heading towards the conclusion of this year’s campaign.
One player that was impressive during his time with the club in the first-half of this season was Stoke City loanee Thibaud Verlinden, who made 17 appearances for the Trotters before returning to the Championship club.
Verlinden was on the cusp on forcing his way into the Potters’ first team upon his return as well, but a season-ending knee injury ended any hope of doing just that.
Speaking in an interview with Duck (quotes sourced from StokeonTrent Live), Verlinden issued his thoughts on his loan spell with Bolton, and revealed why he decided to move to the club in the first place.
“Yes, I really did (enjoy it at Bolton).
“It was at the end of the window and I had decided that it was time for me to get regular game time. I felt that I was ready for it.”
The winger went on to reveal that he had a good connection with the Bolton Wanderers supporters, before stating the reason why he thought he was well received by the club’s fans.
“I really enjoyed it. I had a really good connection with the Bolton fans, a lot like I have with the Stoke fans.
“I like to attack, dribble, put crosses in the box and score really… and fans like that kind of player.”
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They could have certainly benefitted from having a player of his quality in their team in the second-half of this year’s campaign!
Bolton have struggled for much of this season, but Verlinden was a rare bright spark for the Trotters in his time with the club, and it didn’t come as a surprise to see him return to Stoke City after a loan spell with Bolton.
You have to feel that he would have been well in contention to challenge for a first-team spot with Stoke City if he had remained fit for the season.
This extended break from competitive action will give him a chance to work on his recovery though, and he’s certainly a player with a bright future ahead of him if his performances for Bolton are anything to go by.