‘Head & shoulders above everyone’ The expert view on Wolves and Aston Villa transfer target
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa are going head-to-head for the signature of Bolton Wanderers youngster Dennis Politic, according to reports.
Villa were believed to be eyeing up the 19-year-old, with scouts assessing the youngster ahead of a potential January transfer move.
However, reports later in the week claimed that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were also compiling detailed dossiers on Politic, who broke through into the Trotters’ first team this season.
Politic has been an ever present under new Bolton boss Keith Hill, keeping his place, despite a late summer spree that saw nine players arrive at The University of Bolton Stadium.
The former Manchester United youngster was one of a number of teenagers fast tracked into the first-team at the start of the season when Bolton began their campaign with only a handful of experienced professionals.
And he has impressed, netting twice in their early season games as they battle valiantly against, what appear to be insurmountable odds, to fight relegation.
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He’s only broke through this season, how have his early performances been?
He has been a rare bright point in a very difficult season.
When the team was made up primarily of academy players, I’d say he was head and shoulders above everyone else.
It’s been encouraging to see his good form continue with more established players and he’s still one of our go-to players when we need to make something happen.
What kind of midfield player is he?
He’s very tricky.
He loves a step over and loves to run at defenders.
Sometimes he might try a bit too much but he’s always trying to make things happen. He can play on the right, left or just behind the main striker.
How highly thought of is he at the club?
He’s thought of extremely highly. Academy boss Jimmy Phillips has been singling him out as one of the best prospects since he was about 15.
It’s been nice that Keith Hill has kept him in the team, but I think the manager still wants him to work a bit harder, especially out of possession.
How do fans feel about him?
I think it’s safe to say, the fans absolutely love him.
He’s a real edge-of-the-seat type of player and sometimes he can pull off the sublime as Salford City fans know as well (he scored a goal from the half way line with his weak foot while out on loan last season).
Is he talented enough to make the step up to the Premier League?
I’m not sure at the moment. He only has eight League One games under his belt.
I think if a club like Wolves were to sign him, he could benefit by spending a season or two out on loan.
I’m surprised he’s not had international recognition for any of the Romania youth teams yet, as I think that could help his development as well.