Following on from Wednesday’s appointment of Ian Evatt as their new Head Coach, Bolton Wanderers have emerged as favourites to re-sign former midfielder Jay Spearing.
Spearing, 31, made over 160 appearances for the Trotters between 2013 and 2017 before departing for Blackpool. The Liverpool-born enjoyed a productive spell in a defensive midfield role at Bloomfield Road, though was often left out of the side towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign by Tangerines boss Neil Critchley.
The midfielder has also featured in the top flight with 30 outings for his boyhood club Liverpool between 2009 and 2013; however, since departing Anfield, he has spent the majority of his career in both the Championship and League One – making 147 and 142 appearances in each division respectively.
According to reports, Wanderers face competition from both Bradford City and Tranmere Rovers for the midfielder’s signature, though it is expected that he will make a return to the club he once captained.
The rumours have split opinion in BL6, with some fans keen to see the Liverpudlian return – whilst others believe the club should be turning away from its past heading into a new era.
As much as I love David Wheater and Jay Spearing, I don't think they're what we need and neither (especially Wheater) would fit Evatt's style of play. Young, hungry players is what we need. Now's the time to stop looking to the past and build a brand new Bolton Wanderers! #BWFC
— Darren Greenshields (@BigDaz88) July 2, 2020
Oh, did someone say Jay Spearing captaining us back to the premier league??
All jokes aside, good player but surely be too expensive for us next year!
— #BWFC (@Bwfc12341) June 26, 2020
Jay Spearing but wages will be a problem I think. ??♂️
— Theo (@Thogden) July 1, 2020
Spearing would bring a wealth of experience to Bolton, something that will be invaluable under rookie manager Evatt in just his second full-time management job.
He will certainly come with a hefty price tag in terms of wages, but the midfielder would be worth every penny if it means Wanderers have the on-field leadership to take them back out of the fourth division at the first attempt.