What Bolton manager Phil Parkinson said about reported Leeds target Luca Connell

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson looks on from the touchline during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Bolton Wanderers at The New York Stadium on October...

Leeds United reportedly want to sign Bolton Wanderers youngster Luca Connell but will Marcelo Bielsa get his man?

Bolton Wanderers' Luca Connell  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Bolton, England.

It has been a miserable few months for Bolton Wanderers with the threat of liquidation looming over a club who were relegated from the Championship in April.

And, to make matters worse, the cash-strapped Trotters could be about to bid farewell to their prized asset. According to the Sun (12 May, page 59), Leeds United are looking to raid Bolton for 18-year-old starlet Luca Connell.

 

Out of contract in the summer, Connellcould leave Bolton for a cut price compensation fee of around £300,000. But what would Leeds be getting, apart from a player who is comfortably in central midfield or at left-back?

Well it speaks volumes about Connell’s talent that he has played regularly in England’s second tier at the age of just 18. The youngster made 10 Championship appearances for Bolton, establishing himself as a key player since the turn of the year.

Bolton Wanderers' Luca Connell during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Bolton Wanderers at Liberty Stadium on March 2, 2019 in Swansea, Wales.

"He is a player with real quality that he has showed in the games he has played so far,” manager Phil Parkinson told Bolton’s official website in February.

Given that Jack Clarke, Kalvin Phillips and Bailey Peacock-Farrell made huge strides under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds this season, a summer switch to Elland Road could help Connell evolve into the top class talent he looks destined to become.

Luca Connell of Bolton Wanderers during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers at Ashton Gate on January 25, 2019 in Bristol, United Kingdom.

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