Three ideal destinations for released Ex-Manchester United star

We take a look at why Derby County, Leeds United and Middlesbrough could be ideal destinations for released Bolton Wanderers winger Chris Eagles.

After Bolton announced eye-watering losses coupled with a relatively disappointing league position, the news Chris Eagles will be let go when his contract ends is no surprise to anybody. 

The 28-year-old commented: 'The manager said to me, ''I won't embarrass you by what we can offer you - you're a senior pro, and we're going to have to loan a lot of players and get young ones in''. 

‘But it isn’t about the contract really. I said to Dougie that I need a fresh start. I’ve had an up and down five years but this is the end of the chapter.' 

Truth be told, the former Manchester United winger has had a torrid season at Bolton and the writing has been on the wall for several months. Nevertheless, it is important to remember just how capable of a player Chris Eagles can be on his day. 

Last season, the former Burnley man was the catalyst for Bolton, finishing the season as their most creative player, with 12 league assists, and their top goalscorer, with 12 league goals. An incredible rate for a midfielder. 

With a lot still to offer, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of Championship clubs are in for Eagles and with so many likely destinations, we've decided to pick three clubs who could get the best out of him.

Derby County

The Rams have already been linked to the 28-year-old earlier in the season and after a quick look into the player's past, it's easy to see where the link may have sprung from. 

In 2000, a young Eagles was signed up by Manchester United and was widely tipped for the very top. The Hertfordshire-born winger was quickly drawing up comparisons to David Beckham and his reputation in the Manchester United youth team was huge. 

At the time, the assistant manager of Manchester United was in fact Steve McClaren, the current Derby County manager. It would be interesting to see if McClaren is to have interest in Eagles, and whether or not he would consider signing him in the summer, whether or not they're promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs. 

Leeds United

The Whites have enjoyed a strong end to the season, especially after a few difficult months. The takeover of Cellino, for the moment, seems to have instilled a sense of calm, composure and direction to the club and with the transfer window fast approaching it will be interesting to see how the club attack it.

Going off previous experience, the emphasis for Leeds United in January was very much on the wide positions and in many fans opinion, it is an area that hasn't been strengthen sufficiently. Which Eagles, if he performs well, would undoubtedly be able to do. 

Under Cellino, it seems like Leeds could be a real force in the Championship once again and it would be a good move for Eagles. 


Aitor Karanka has made a huge impression on the Championship since he has been in the job and come next season the club will undoubtedly looking to get amongst the promotion race. Which if their form in the second-half of the season is anything to go by, it suggests they will.  

Although, they've been strong this season - they're still a side that will realistically need improving in the summer if they're to get amongst the promotion favourites and Eagles could act as an integral part of that. 

The 28-year-old has already found himself linked to the Riverside following his release from Bolton and it will be interesting to see what kind of deal they can, or may, offer Eagles. 

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