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A Tempo-Setter: Sheehan Joins Bolton


Bolton have bolstered their ranks with another new signing, brining in Welshman Josh Sheehan.

The midfielder played for Newport County last season, just missing out on promotion after the Exiles lost the play-off final to Morecambe, but in joining us, will get to play in League One after all.

Sheehan plays in midfield, and while he’ll probably play in one of the two deeper midfield roles despite being able to play further up the pitch, he’s more a playmaker type who seems able to set the tempo. He played quite well against us too, and also made the PFA team of the year for League Two, as well as being the club’s Player of the Year in 2019-20.  He seemed highly rated in South Wales, and while ultimately he didn’t make the cut last weekend, was in the reckoning to get a national team call up for the Euros, to the point where Michael Flynn called on the FAW to wait until the play-off final was done so Sheehan wouldn’t be distracted, whichever way the news went. He has already been capped by the senior side after making his debut last November.

He’s a good solid signing who should have no problems settling in straight away. With him, MJ Williams, Kieran Lee and George Thomason, plus Andrew Tutte also on our books, we probably only needed one decent midfield acquisition and we’ve got that. We may get someone else in, who knows, but now we can look at sorting the left-back vacancy, another goalkeeper and a striker, which are the positions the club should be looking at most now.

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