Phil Parkinson hails Everton-owned Callum Connolly

Callum Connolly of Everton in action during the match between Everton FC and LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 21, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

Everton loanee Callum Connolly scored his first goal for Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

Callum Connolly of Everton in action during the match between Everton FC and LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 21, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

Speaking to Bolton Wanderers' official website, Phil Parkinson has praised Everton loanee Callum Connolly.

Connolly, who left Everton in January to join the Trotters until the end of the season, rose highest to head home a 71st-minute winner for Parkinson's side in Tuesday's 1-0 victory at Birmingham.

It was the 21-year-old defender's first goal for Bolton and the Wanderers boss has praised the determination shown to score, suggesting that he risked a head injury to reach the ball.

He said: "I was pleased with the goal, because it typified the win really. Callum has shown real determination to get onto the end of a great set-play by Luke Murphy.

 

"When you look at the goal, he's been prepared to throw his head in where it hurts, and showed more determination to get to the ball than his marker."

Everton recalled him from Wigan Athletic late in the transfer window after Connolly fell out of form and favour with the Latics.

The youngster was also regularly slammed by the club's supporters on Twitter, before the Toffees brought him back to Merseyside.

But he looks to be enjoying his football again, with last night's game being his third successive start for Bolton, who picked up a first away win since August.

Connolly made his debut for the Goodison Park side back in 2016, replacing Seamus Coleman in the 54th minute of a 1-1 draw with Southampton under Roberto Martinez.

Callum Connolly from Everton and Edon Zhegrova from KRC Genk fight for the ball during the Pre-Season Friendly between KRC Genk and Everton at Cristal Arena on July 22, 2017 in Genk,...

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