There were understandably very few positives from Bolton Wanderers’ terrible campaign in the Championship last term but as a small silver lining, the performances of academy graduate Rob Holding gave fans something to cheer about.
The defender managed to establish himself as a mainstay in the Bolton back-line and was eventually voted as the club’s Player of the Season.
Holding has now managed to earn a call up for the England Under-21 side and it has been no surprise whatsoever in seeing a number of clubs expressing their interest in signing the 20-year-old.
Given Bolton’s financial predicament as well as due to the fact that Holding has entered the final year of his contract, the Trotters are widely expected to lose the defender but Chairman Dean Holdsworth has surprisingly gone on to state that his side are in no rush to cash in on the Arsenal target.
Holdsworth told the Bolton News: “It has to be a deal that suits the football club and not anyone else. If it isn’t right we will not do it. He is going to play in the Premier League all day long. He will be a top player and I think he could go on to be an international.
“He has got representatives who speak to us and keep a dialogue with us. His heart is here and I think it always will be. At some point he will go on. I think he has to for his career because we rate him that highly. But right now we need to do the best for the football club and the fans.”