Bolton Wanderers may struggle to retain the services of Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing.
Jay spearing has done everything Liverpool would have hoped for with his loan move to Bolton; he’s got his head down, worked hard and produced some solid performances which he will hope will be enough to earn him another chance at Anfield next season.
That would be bad news for Bolton because the Championship giants have seen him as a key man this season as he’s been a stand out performer for the side, that may just sneak into the play-offs.
Spearing is still young at 24-years-old which is around the sort of age which will appeal to Brendan Rodgers as he reviews his Liverpool squad after the end of May, and importantly he is a Liverpudlian.
He will look at the 36 Championship games Spearing has played, with two goals, and should decide to retain him for the Liverpool squad next season which will become like having a new midfield signing.
He will also look at the guts, determination and resolve Spearing has shown to grow into, arguably, Bolton’s best player over the course of a very long season in a very competitive division.
That could be the main reason Rodgers decides to retain him and use him next season as a back up squad player, should someone like Steven Gerrard or Lucas pick up an injury.
He may have regretted his decision to originally let him leave on loan earlier in the season, as Liverpool struggled to find any sort of consistency and were forced to name a very young and inexperienced squad.
Spearing has become a very important figure for Bolton which means they may try and push to sign him on a permanent basis this summer, if Rodgers isn’t sure that he wants to keep the midfielder.
Their chances of doing so could depend on two things. Firstly, there will be a fee involved because Spearing still has two years left to run on his current Liverpool contract.
That fee is unlikely to be on the low side because even if Bolton put in a first bid, once other sides learn of his availability, a bidding war could follow which will push the price up.
Secondly, it all depends on whether Bolton can secure a play-off spot and then capitalise on that play-off spot and go back up to the Premier League.
If they are a Premier League team next season then they have a better chance of retaining Spearing because he’s an individual who will want to be playing top flight football.
If they stay down in the Championship then it will be very hard for him to leave Liverpool to stay at that level of football, as there will be other Premier League sides in for him if he becomes available.
Do they have any chance of keeping him?
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