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.