Bolton Wanderers Secure Loan Deal For Championship Defender

Bolton Wanderers have confirmed their second deadline-day signing with Caleb Taylor joining on loan from West Bromwich Albion until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has made only six senior appearances in all competitions so far this season for his parent club. He appeared 45 times whilst on loan at Cheltenham Town during the 2022/23 campaign, scoring twice.

With the Whites’ Ricardo Almeida Santos and Eoin Toal likely to be out for the foreseeable future, Bolton have reinforced their defensive numbers to maintain their goal of promotion. The Lancashire-born centre-half is manager Ian Evatt’s fourth signing of this January transfer window.

There will be a familiar face waiting for Taylor at the Toughsheet Community Stadium as the 6’2″ defender will become Wanderers’ second loan signing from the Baggies after defender Zac Ashworth joined earlier this season.

Speaking to club media after the arrival of the highly-rated player, Evatt was thrilled to get this deal over the line amidst current injury woes.

“At an important time of the season, it’s vital we don’t leave ourselves short in any area and this signing provides us extra competition and cover in the centre of defence.

“Caleb had an excellent season with Cheltenham last season so knows what’s required at this level and we’re delighted to have him here as we look to continue with our challenge and try and achieve what we want to this season,” Evatt said.

Writer’s view

The young defender is no stranger to League One having been immense for the Robins last year. He was one of the standout players for Cheltenham in what was a successful campaign with the club achieving their third successive season at this level. Taylor will just be happy to get some regular minutes under his belt after a lacklustre first half of the season for him personally.

He will be keen to make a real impression at Bolton Wanderers so Baggies boss Carlos Coberán will look to him to play a huge role next season. He is available to face fellow promotion rivals Barnsley this weekend and with only 19 games to go, will be eager to add a promotion to his CV.

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