Ben Amos, on loan at Bolton from Manchester United, knew that the day he feared would come at some point. Today it seems that he has swallowed the bitterest of pills that a footballer has to taste and admit that his future lies away from Old Trafford. Promised that he was to be second-choice behind David de Gea, Amos was relegated further down the chain when the Manchester outfit signed a world-class back up keeper in ex-Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes. Amos himself admitted that the demotion to essentially fourth choice (behind de Gea, Valdes and Anders Lindegaard) saying, “You could say Victor Valdes’ arrival was the final nail in the coffin.”
Amos then made his latest loan move away from Old Trafford with the relatively short journey across Lancashire to Bolton and the Macron Stadium. Signing initially as over for Bolton due to the injury to Adám Bogdán, Amos was thrust into first-team when Bolton back-up keeper Andy Lonergan had to leave the field with concussion in a game against Nottingham Forest last month. Since that game, Amos has gone on to make five starts for the Wanderers, conceding 3 goals (0.60 goals conceded p/game); a figure considerably better that the 1.49 goals conceded p/game over the duration of the 2014/15 Championship campaign so far.
Whilst not discounting a permanent move to the Macron Stadium, Ben Amos has said that he’d like to keep his options open as, when his contract runs out this summer, he’ll be 24 and available on a Bosman transfer. What is guiding his thoughts is the need to be at a club where he has the guarantee of a realistic chance of playing regular football.