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Bolton bring Wolves striker Jordan Allan in on trial

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Wanderers have handed a trial to Jordan Allan – the UK’s youngest-ever league footballer.

The Wolves striker featured for David Lee’s development squad in their game at Charlton Athletic yesterday and looks set to be kept on for another week as the club assesses his potential.

Allan, now 19, broke all records when he turned out for Airdrie United at the age of 14 and 189 days in a Scottish League One game against Livingston in April 2014.

He came close to signing for Liverpool and Fulham the following summer but instead opted for a four-year youth deal at Molineux, which became a two-year professional deal in 2016.

Allan was a regular in the Wolves youth team but has failed thus far to make the step up to senior level and was loaned back to his former club at the start of this season.

The Hamilton-born striker was described at the time as a “natural finisher” by his former Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle when he completed his move to the Midlands.

At his own level, is finishing is phenomenal," said Boyle, now head of youth development at Dundee. "Jordan is a natural finisher.

"I have been taking him for shooting sessions and we have been working on his angles and to try to develop his game and get him using his weaker foot.

"He's a quiet, level-headed lad, not like some of the dafties you get at his age as he acts ahead of his time.

"I could never have imagined a kid of 14 could playing in a senior game. To have had Jordan involved at his age is incredible."

Allan, who has also represented Scotland at Under-17s level, scored 10 goals in 18 games for the Wolves Under-18s in the 2016/17 youth Premier League but a return north of the border earlier this season saw him play nine games without hitting the back of the net.

Barnsley’s Reuben Noble-Lazarus holds the distinction of being the youngest-ever footballer in England, aged 15 years and 45 days when he appeared for the Tykes against Ipswich Town in September 2008.

Ray Parry is the youngest player to represent Bolton when he turned out – against Wolves – aged 15 years and 267 days in a First Division game in 1951.



Youri Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff
No doubt he will be allowed to sit on the bench once or twice.

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