Shola Shoretire joins Bolton Wanderers on loan from Manchester United for rest of the season
The Red Devils were willing to let the youngster leave on a temporary move in January to gain some much-needed experience. However, the Old Trafford side wanted the 18-year-old to get regular minutes.
Ian Evatt’s team have lost a bit of depth up front. The League One outfit allowed forward Amadou Bakayoko to leave this month. Their star winger Dapo Afolayan has also joined German outfit St. Pauli. The Trotters will also be without striker Jon Dadi Bodvarrson for the rest of the campaign.
Currently, Bolton are in the race to win promotion to the Championship. The League one side are fifth in the league table at the moment, going undefeated in their last eight fixtures.
Shoretire has made his way through United’s academy. He quickly rose through the youth ranks at the club. The 18-year-old made his first-team debut in February 2021 against Newcastle United in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute in the final minutes of a 3-1 win.
A few days later, the forward made history when he came off the bench for the Red Devils in the draw against Real Sociedad in the Europa League round of 32. The England U19 international became the youngest player to represent the Old Trafford side in a European competition.
Shoretire has made the bench on a few occasions in the current campaign. However, Erik ten Hag did not hand the 18-year-old any opportunities. The forward had other established attackers ahead of him in the pecking order.
The likes of Alejandro Garnacho and Anthony Elanga should be seen as examples by young players coming through the academy. The duo have been given chances to display their talent for the senior side and have done just that.
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Shoretire still has a long way to go in his career. The England U19 international has shown immense potential. Hopefully, the 18-year-old will get the chance to further his development at Bolton.