Bolton Wanderers flop scores the most crucial hat-trick of the Serie A season

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Remember Blerim Dzemaili. Well he has just scored a crucial hat-trick for Napoli in the Serie A Champions League hunt. Yet he never played a game in the Premier League.

We might be a little slow on the upkeep with this story but it certainly is one that needs to be shared; and pay special attention if you are a Bolton Wanderers fan.

Back in 2007 The Trotters tied down a young Swiss lad to a free transfer at the club and was heralded by then manager Sam Allardyce as a future star at the Reebok Stadium.

That player never made a single Premier League appearance during his two year stint in Lancashire.

His time at Bolton was immediately struck by a serious knee injury which kept him out of action for six months and he featured in just one FA Cup tie for the club before he left on loan and eventually permanently to Torino in Italy.

That player was Blerim Dzemaili.

Fast forward four years and the midfielder has just scored the first hat-trick of his professional career in what could be three of the most important goals of his current club Napoli’s season.

After bagging the first two for the Neapolitans on Saturday he then managed to put in the equalising goal to level the scoring against his former club Torino at 3-3 in the 80th minute.

Then up popped Edinson Cavani to score two crucial late goals and take all three points in Turin with a thrilling 5-3 reverse triumph.

Here are the goals and highlights…

Why does this moment impress me so much?

When Bolton snapped up the promising Swiss youngster in 2007 Napoli had only just returned to Serie A after a tumultuous decade that had seen them relegated all the way down to Serie C1 because of huge financial problems.

Bolton were at the same time preparing for a season that saw them in the UEFA Cup for the first time. Now they are chasing promotion back to the top-flight.

It is amazing how two team’s fortunes can dramatically swap in just six years of football; all highlighted by one mutual employee.

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