“Hopefully, yes [Joe Williams will remain at Bolton]. He has got injured, which is a shame for us, so we’re waiting on his return. But we’ve got an agreement that he’s with us until the end of the season so unless Everton recall him, he’s with us,” Parkinson explained.
According to the report in Bolton News, fellow Championship side Bristol City almost signed the midfielder after agreeing a £1 million deal with Everton, though the move has since failed to materialise.
Bolton will surely be hoping Everton don’t decide to recall Williams this month, but that may depend on whether the Toffees look to sell him with more Championship clubs looking to strengthen their squads.
Williams has started 19 league games for the Trotters this season, either featuring as a holding midfielder or pushed a little further up to play in a central midfield two.
The 22-year-old has averaged an impressive three tackles per game (Whoscored), while in his last two starts against Rotherham United and Stoke City the Lancashire side picked up four points.
Williams’ absence against Hull City through injury was evident, with Parkinson’s side being thrashed 6-0, and his current thigh tendon injury is said to keep him out of action until next month.
Bolton can’t bring anyone in under their current registration embargo, therefore they may end up having to fight for their Championship status with the players they have now.