Wanderers have secured the services of another of Everton’s highly-rated youngsters, bringing in Joe Williams, despite great interest from a host of clubs.
Williams’ loan deal until the end of the season, was announced yesterday, and represents a real coup, given the competition to sign him up.
Hull, Bristol City and Wednesday night’s visitors to Bolton, Birmingham City, are believed to have been the Championship rivals hoping to land the Toffees’ under-21 midfield star.
But after conversations with Phil Parkinson – who took Antonee Robinson on loan from Goodison last season – Williams told the club’s official site how he wanted to be a part of what has been a successful season so far.
“Im delighted to be here, it’s a big club with big history and I just can’t wait to get going,” said the England Under-20 international. “I’m looking forward to playing games again in the Championship.
“I spoke to the manager. he’s been great and I had a meeting with him the other day. He sold the club to me really and how much he wanted me to be here and be a part of things.
“And the start the club has got off to as well has persuaded me to come here.
“I’m hoping to play as many games as I can and see where the season takes us now we’ve got off to a good start.”
Williams came through the youth system at Everton, the club he joined as a youngster, and played 38 games as a holding midfielder on loan at Barnsley last term.
After weighing up his loan options and watching the Whites’ victory against Birmingham he opted to join a side level on points with the early leaders. And he vowed to bring his all-round game to try to help Bolton build on an impressive start.
“I’m a box-to-box player,” he added. “I like to get on the ball, I can handle the ball in tight areas and I like to put a tackle in as well so I’m a bit of an all-rounder.
“I can’t thank Barnsley enough, they were great with me, I got a lot of games and got a lot of experience, I’m ready to make that next step now and hopefully finish in a good position with Bolton.”
“We’re pleased to have signed Joe, he’s an excellent young player.,” said Parkinson, who still has a few days left to secure a striker on loan. “He is a great addition.”
Wanderers’ odds for promotion have been slashed by bookmakers following three wins and a draw in their first four league games. Pre-season odds of 80/1 have now been halved, while their odds of being relegated have drifted from evens to 7/2.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]