Bolton confirm interest in Arsenal youngster


Bolton Wanderers have confirmed their interesting in Arsenal youngster Stephy Mavididi.

The 19 year old is a reliable goalscorer at youth level, and last season had a brief spell on loan with Charlton Athletic. Unfortunately, he suffered a very serious hamstring injury in just his fifth game for the Addicks, with boss Karl Robinson admitting it was his fault.

“It’s my fault he got injured,” he said. “I’m sick as well, because I know working with young players that once you have an increase in loading period then two-and-a-half games is probably the maximum amount of loading you can do when you’ve not played first-team football before.

“Because he has been so good we have become reliant on him and I’ve got carried away with how well he’s been doing, rather than how much I need to protect him.”

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson signalled his interest in the Arsenal man the local press, saying, ” “Stephy is another one we have looked at – and spoke about getting him last year.”

It remains unclear whether he’s targetting a loan or permanent move, but given the club has just been issued with a winding-up notice because of their finances, chances are it’s the former.

And of course such a petition would put the move itself in some doubt.

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