Manchester City hope ‘improves’ as youngster paid thrilling compliment in Bolton Wanderers loan


James Trafford has been impressive during his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers, with Ian Evatt believing the Manchester City youngster has all the characteristics of a good goalkeeper.

The 19-year-old is highly rated at City and is considered the fourth-choice in the pecking order behind number one Ederson, substitute Zack Steffen and veteran Scott Carson.

Trafford is currently on his second loan spell of this campaign, having joined Bolton on a deal until the end of this season, having spent the first half at Accrington Stanley.

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He has integrated straight into the team since arriving at the Ligue 1 club in mid-January, keeping five clean sheets in his first 10 games for Evatt’s side, which has coincided with a rise in the table as Wanderers closed the gap with the play-offs to five points.

Evatt says Wanderers christened Trafford “mini Gillo” after Wanderers goalkeeping coach Matt Gilks ​​because the Bolton boss believes the teenager is a big character who develops his personality all the time.

The Bolton boss believes that the sign of a good goalkeeper is one that goes unnoticed most of the time and he thinks Trafford shows that for sure.

He said: “He’s a fantastic young goalkeeper and a great character. Mini Gillo, we’re calling him right now!

“He’s improving his personality. Goalkeepers must be crazy, the good ones I’ve always seen and played with were all crazy.

“You have to be crazy to get the ball kicked at an early age and enjoy it, but he’s solid, he’s a good character and we’re delighted to have him.

“The sign of a good goalkeeper is someone you don’t really notice and we don’t notice them too much or what they do.

“If he’s making brilliant saves relentlessly then there’s something with the defense and if he’s making mistakes there’s something wrong with him. At the moment he tends to only do neither, which is great.”

Wanderers are next in action this weekend when they take on MK Dons on the road in a match that could have a big impact on League One play-off history.

They are five points off the top six and could close that gap further with three points on the road against a Dons side third in the table and with ambitions of reaching the automatic promotion places.


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