Our View on Bolton Wanderers latest capture: ‘He will likely be a leading player’

Bolton Wanderers have captured the signature of former Plymouth Argyle midfielder Antoni Sarcevic who has joined Bolton on a two-year deal, as reported by the BBC.

Sarcevic has become Ian Evatts’ second signing of the summer after Eoin Doyle. He made his Football League debut in 2010 for Crewe Alexandra before moving to Chester due to a lack of first-team football. His return to League Two in 2013 was a successful one, however, making 118 appearances for Fleetwood Town in total.  The midfielder scored 15 goals and was top assister with nine during the 2013/14 campaign which earned him a place in the League Two PFA team of the season.

More recently, Sarcevic has been able to recapture this fine form for Plymouth Argyle as he scored 10 league goals and managed six assists for the Pilgrims last season from a central midfield position. Sarcevic played a key role in helping Plymouth win promotion back to the third tier at the first time of asking and this was widely recognised as he won Argyle’s Player of the Year award. This is the third time that Sarcevic has achieved promotion from League Two in a career which has seen the midfielder make over 250 league appearances in the Football League.

Speaking to the Bolton Wanderers official website, Sarcevic said “I’m delighted that it’s finally done and I’m over the moon to get this deal sorted”. The 28-year-old also recognised the size of the club as he said “I’m a North west lad, so I know this is a massive club. It’s one that I’m proud to be associated with and I can’t wait to get going.”

Antoni Sarcevic has vast experience at League Two level with several clubs and has proved he knows what it takes to get out of the fourth tier. Therefore, he will likely be a leading player in Bolton’s side next season as they will be aiming to turn the tide and recover from a difficult campaign last term.

The 28-year-old will have a lot to offer both on and off the field as Evatt will certainly be hoping the younger players can learn from him and his winning mentality could be vital to helping Bolton do well next year. Sarcevic looks to make runs into the box whenever possible and subsequently chips in with plenty of goals and assists from midfield which will boost Bolton’s threat.

It is no surprise that despite Bolton’s financial problems of late, they have been able to tempt a player of Sarcevic’s calibre as they are a huge club. Sarcevic made it clear he understood this, particularly being from the North West himself and this will make for a good relationship between him and the supporters.

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