Liverpool’s Jay Spearing has a great opportunity to further his career after the youngster joined Owen Coyle’s Bolton Wanderers on transfer deadline day. The loan move is just the latest in a number of young midfielders Coyle has helped develop at the club.
Spearing, who signed a new contract with Liverpool back in May, has dropped down the pecking order at Anfield following the £15m arrival of Joe Allen. Instead of him collecting just a handful of appearances in a red shirt this season, manager Brendan Rodgers has seen fit to send Spearing out on loan, and there is little better place to go than Bolton.
For the northwest club have begun a tradition of training up youngsters since Coyle’s arrival in 2010. Arsenal have already benefitted from the practice when Jack Wilshere spent a six-month loan there in 2010. The midfielder returned to the Emirates tougher, wiser and with an understanding of how to ‘muck it’ during a game – something few Arsenal players seem to have.
Equally, Gunners midfielder Ryo Miyaichi enjoyed a promising season at the Reebok last term and has joined up with Wigan this campaign to further develop his talents.
Spearing therefore heads to Bolton with the knowledge that a season-long loan signing does not spell the end of his Liverpool career. While Betfair Football Betting markets have reacted to his arrival, with punters slowly warming to the club’s chances of bouncing straight back to the top flight.
This Championship season has been predicted to be one of the most open in years, mainly because the teams who were relegated are not considered ded certs for promotion.
However, the arrival of Spearing will only be of benefit to the Trotters and could be the making of the young midfielder.
The 23-year-old was often caught short last season and paled into insignificance at times alongside Steven Gerrard and even Jonjo Shelvey.
Shelvey himself spent six months at Blackpool last year and those few games worked wonders for the 20-year-old. Liverpool fans will be hoping Spearing gains the same confidence as his team-mate when under Coyle’s tutorship, and he should return to Anfield ready to fight for a place in the side.