Bolton Wanderers forward Max Clayton ruled out for the season with knee injury

The former Crewe Alexandra striker has suffered a serious knee injury.

In 2012 plenty of teams were in the hunt for now Bolton Wanderers striker Max Clayton. The youngster had sprung to the international attention with a wonderful beginning to his career at the famed youth production team Crewe Alexandra.

Valued at around £3 million he was reportedly being chased by the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.

Clayton, who had been compared to former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, was just 18-years-old at the time and he was supposed to be on his way out of the club.

So what has happened to the player that the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United were so interested in just a little over two years ago.

Clayton has unfortunately had some injury problems in his career. He broke his ankle in November 2013 and since then his progress has been stunted.

This summer he became a free agent, and signed for Bolton Wanderers. Of course Bolton still had to spend £300,000 at a tribunal because of his age, a big deduction on the £3 million price-tag.

Now he is at Bolton he has had his moments. He scored on his first start against Wigan Athletic back in November, but that is so far his only goal for The Trotters and it will now be a while until he does it again.

Clayton has again been struck by a serious injury problem. He has had surgery on a tear in his right anterior cruciate ligament and is now expected to miss the rest of the season.

It is a real shame for Bolton and Clayton. The reason United and Arsenal wanted him was because of his exceptional talent, which was being appreciated by Neil Lennon at the Macron Stadium.

Now he will have top hope for a more fruitful 2015.

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