Bolton Wanderers’ promotion back to the Championship owed much to their solid backline. No side conceded fewer goals than The Trotters’ 36 last season but their productivity at the other end, netting 68 times in 46 league games, left plenty of room for improvement.
However, deals to sign Newcastle United starlet Adam Armstrong on loan suggests that manager Phil Parkinson is attempting to ensure Bolton have enough firepower to survive their first season back in the second tier.
'Armstrong, who spent last season at Barnsley, won the Under-20 World Cup with England this summer
They also completed the signing of Adam Le Fondre, who scored six goals in 19 games after joining on loan in January, on a permanent deal from Cardiff.
And, if all goes to plan, Armstrong and Le Fondre will be joined at the Macron Stadium by a 21-year-old Spanish forward by the name of Hector Otin. Tuttomercatoweb claim the attacker has been offered a trial by the Championship newcomers and looks likely to leave Serie B outfit Vitrus Entella this summer.
Otin joined The Black Devils from Juventus’ youth academy in 2015 but has failed to make an impact for the second division side, featuring just six times.
He spent last season on loan at Reggiana and Gubbio, scoring one goal in 14 appearances for both clubs. Therefore, you could forgive Bolton supporters for containing their excitement as the former Spain Under-16 international heads to Lancashire with the hope of earning a permanent contract.
Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson
However, at the age of just 21, Otin has plenty of time on his side and Parkinson will hope he can help the youngster fulfil his potential.
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