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Bolton Wanderers FC Player Profiles

Posted 28th September 2013 at 12:00 pm

Josh Vela has shown his versatility since the arrival of Neil Lennon as manager, often being fielded as right-back after establishing himself as a Wanderers regular during the 2014/15 season.

A midfielder by trade, Vela has emerged as a promising prospect for the Whites since signing professional terms with the club in March 2011.

Although regularly associated as a centre-midfielder, he can also play on either flank or just behind the strikers, while more recently showing he is also full capable at right-back.

He got his first taste of playing at Macron Stadium in the FA Youth Cup third round clash against Crewe Alexandra in November 2010 and has been a mainstay in the reserve team in the time since.

In 2011/12 he spent three months on the sidelines after fracturing his foot in the second string's game with Blackburn in November 2011.

After returning to fitness, he was rewarded with a new three-and-a-half year contract in February 2012.

Vela listed one of his long-term ambitions as progressing through to the Bolton Wanderers first-team, and he realised this dream in April 2012 when he came off the bench in the 1-1 draw at home to Swansea City.

Two more substitute appearances followed, against Sunderland and Tottenham at the back end of the 2011/12 campaign.

After spending the end of the 2013/14 season on loan at League One side Notts County, Vela firmly cemented his place in the Bolton first team under the guidance of Neil Lennon.

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