bolton wanderers, ‘Stuck in League One’ – Disappointing Bolton Wanderers update emerges over midfielder transfer

‘Stuck in League One’ – Disappointing Bolton Wanderers update emerges over midfielder transfer

Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt has said the club will not be signing Paris Maghoma permanently following their failure to win promotion.

Bolton Wanderers fell short of the automatic promotion spots once again in the 2023/24 campaign, and they tasted play-off heartbreak once more too.

After beating Barnsley in the semi-final, Oxford United defeated the Trotters at Wembley Stadium to secure their place in the Championship alongside Portsmouth and Derby County.

It marks huge disappointment for Bolton and manager Evatt, who will play in League One again next season.

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However, not only does the defeat condemn them to third-tier football, but it also looks to have ended any chances of keeping Brentford loanee Paris Maghoma on a permanent basis.

The 23-year-old midfielder played an increasingly important role for Bolton Wanderers over the campaign, returning nine goals and seven assists in 50 games. However, despite a desire to do so, Bolton are unlikely to bring him back.

Speaking on the matter with The Bolton News, Evatt said:

“It is going to be difficult to sign Paris now we are stuck in League One. That is how it is.

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“We are thankful for him, thankful for what he has achieved this season, and we wish him well.”

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Maghoma’s farewell

Having enjoyed such a strong loan with Bolton Wanderers, it was a real shame for Maghoma’s time to end in disappointment. Not only did they lose the play-off final, but the Brentford prospect was forced off through injury, ending his game prematurely.

Nonetheless, it’s a spell both he and the club’s loyal fans will look back on fondly. The 23-year-old posted a farewell message to supporters on social media, insisting the club will hold a special place in his heart going forward.

It was a valuable spell for Maghoma and arguably his best EFL loan to date.

His productivity in terms of goals and assists increased vastly on previous spells with MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon, where he notched a combined total of a goal and two assists in 44 outings.

Heading for a higher league?

With Evatt surrendering that Maghoma will not be coming back to Bolton Wanderers with them ‘stuck in League One’, it looks as though the midfielder will be playing at a higher level next season.

The decision over his next move is one for parent club Brentford to make. The Bees are willing to give promising players first-team shots under their watch but following his success in the third-tier, perhaps the Championship is next for Maghoma.

If that is the case, then expect a number of sides to quickly register an interest in bringing him in.

For now though, Maghoma will be resting up after a long campaign before turning his attention to an even better 2024/25.

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