Discussions are happening between Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers over James Trafford heading again to the League One aspect this summer time.
The 19-year-old joined Wanderers from City within the January switch window, after a mortgage spell at Accrington Stanley got here to an finish. He proved to be successful at Ian Evatt’s aspect, as he grew to become the membership’s primary goalkeeper within the the second half of the marketing campaign instead of Joel Dixon.
He performed 22 instances for the Whites and stored clear sheets in his first 4 video games, setting a membership file within the course of. He additionally notched two assists in League One.
The goalkeeper has a 12 months left to go on his contract at City and Wanderers want to have the younger stopper again for the 2022/23 season. Trafford has beforehand spoken of his ambitions to be City’s primary sooner or later, however faces stiff competitors from the likes of Ederson, Zack Steffen and veteran Scott Carson within the pecking order.
And Trafford has made it clear in earlier interviews that in future he doesn’t wish to return to City to play within the membership’s under-23s set-up. He needs to problem Ederson for the primary jersey, or at the least be on the bench for Pep Guardiola’s aspect if he finally ends up remaining on the Etihad Stadium.
There have additionally been hyperlinks of a transfer to Belgian aspect Anderlecht. The membership is managed by legendary former City defender Vincent Kompany.
But Bolton Wanderers goalkeeping coach Matt Gilks, who has just lately retired from taking part in and coached Trafford in his mortgage spell, says talks are ongoing between the Whites and Pep Guardiola’s aspect over a return this summer time. Trafford had a productive time at Wanderers after a mortgage spell within the first half of the season at Accrington Stanley didn’t work out.
Gilks believes the younger goalkeeper has a choice to make too and what scenario suits greatest for him if there are different presents on the desk from elsewhere. The Bolton goalkeeping coach believes that if the England under-20 worldwide is pleased to return to Bolton and play video games, that’s what will occur.
Speaking to the BBC’s Wanderer podcast, Gilks mentioned: “I know you want to know about Traff. I think we’re trying to get him back and that’s where we’re at with that. There’s ongoing discussions between the two clubs.
“Hopefully we can get it sorted sooner rather than later and hopefully we get him back and he does another season, a full season, like he finished last season.
“Especially after the Accrington scenario, he wasn’t pleased there, he went again to City and we had been lucky sufficient to get him. The pecking order at City, he is 4 or 5 or no matter he is likely to be, and sadly if you’re at a membership of that stature, they will go and purchase a keeper. Then can simply go and purchase one.
“Especially at that age, knowing Traff now as I do and as a goalkeeper, he’s such a likeable character. He’s a bit of a throwback in his character. He can be daft but he’s such a strong and powerful lad. At 19, he’s got every chance of being anything he wants to be.
“As properly as tackle board and work exhausting and implement the stuff we inform him, he is received to get pleasure from his soccer and he’d somewhat be taking part in at a membership like Bolton than being at Manchester City’s 23s. It simply is smart to be right here.
“It’s what fits best for him. At the end of the day it’s what he wants to do. If he’s happy at Bolton, then come back and play. If there’s Championship interest, are you going to go and play or do you go there and be a number two and insert yourself in the club and try and play?
“Or do you go overseas and play? It’s about taking part in now, as a result of the extra video games he can get at a younger age, particularly at a membership like us the place we’re getting 20,000. Accrington are nonetheless League One however the measurement of the membership and the fanbase isn’t any comparability actually.
“I think if he’s happy in himself to come back to Bolton and play games, then I think he’ll do that. If he wants to go and challenge himself at a higher level in the Championship and if he’s being advised to do that, then his decision will be made to do that.
“But I feel you have simply received to allow them to be and hopefully we are able to entice him sufficient to come back again and if not, then you definitely want him all the most effective, thank him for every thing he is performed, and hope he builds a profession for himself.”