Bolton Wanderers are wanting to take a look at out-of-work winger Ben Marshall, according to the Bolton News.
Marshall has plenty of Championship experience with Blackburn, Norwich and Wolves, but had his contract terminated at Carrow Road over the summer.
Generally a winger, Marshall had signed for Norwich at the start of last season, where he was seen as an option at right-back, but the emergence of Max Aarons saw his playing time limited and for the second season in a row, went out on loan to Millwall. With the Canaries ultimately winning the Championship and returning to the top flight, Marshall wasn’t going to be involved with them this season and left the club in July. He had been linked with second-tier sides Hull and one of his former sides Sheffield Wednesday, but is still without a club.
Keith Hill has spoken to his representatives and the idea appears to be to get him in on trial in the next few days to see what he can offer and dare anyone say it, possibly find out any reasons why he hasn’t yet found a club, because he is a talented player, and while he probably isn’t good enough for the very top end of the Championship, his part in Millwall’s near-miss attempt to reach the play-offs a couple of seasons ago would show on the face of it, a club in our position should be snatching at the opportunity to sign him.
His goalscoring record however isn’t something to write home about, only once in his career has he scored more than five league goals in a season, and while that won’t be his main job, Hill has spoken of the need for his wingers and midfielders to contribute in that department.
Still though, he is a player I’ve always rated from his Sheffield Wednesday days, and at 28, he can still offer a fair bit. Hopefully he comes in, has a good trial, and is signed up.