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Bolton Wanderers manager Keith Hill has added to his ranks with the signing of defender Kean Bryan on loan from Sheffield United for the rest of the season, as confirmed on the Trotters club website.
Bryan, 23, came through the youth system at Manchester City before joining the Blades in August 2018, but he has not made a league appearance for United, with all four of his first-team outings for the club coming in cup competitions.
So will Bryan prove a good addition at Bolton and is he actually needed?
Ethan Van Ristell
“Although this deal was always a likely one for the Trotters to get over the line, there is an element of risk attached to it.
“That is because the 23-year-old has had a difficult time of late at Sheffield United. Bryan was down the pecking order at the Yorkshire club, making a total of just three appearances for the Blades this season – all coming in cup competitions.
“However, he will have a lot to prove at Bolton, and may excel at League One level, considering his previous experience at Oldham and Bury. It also helps that he is able to play at centre-half and as a box-to-box midfielder, showing his versatility.
“All things considered, this deal is a risk for Bolton, but the club have nothing to lose in their current predicament. I’m reserving judgement on this one until the end of the season.”
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“This looks like it could be a really shrewd move from Bolton.
“They needed to add some quality to their squad this month and Bryan’s arrival certainly fits the bill.
“The 23-year-old defender has struggled with injury issues but now he has recovered will surely he driven to prove himself.
“There are a few questions over his fitness but if he can avoid injuries, Bolton could be signing a really useful player.”
“This is certainly a good addition for the Trotters as they seek to go down with a flourish, with their hopes of staying in League One fading by the week.
“Bryan is in need of first team minutes so for that matter a move to the University of Bolton Stadium would certainly be favourable for the 23-year-old defender.
“The centre back will add a good physical presence to proceedings whilst he also has good ability when in possession of the ball.
“His past experience of playing for the likes of Bury and Oldham will certainly serve Wanderers well as they seek to accumulate as many points as possible over the coming months.”