New teenage goalkeeper impresses in training video

Bryn Lennon

Early signs of Bolton's apparent new signing, Erik Bukran, look positive as he impresses in a YouTube training video, as he joins Bolton's impressive selection of goalkeepers.

If there's one thing Bolton have been blessed with over the past few years, it's been goalkeepers. Jussi Jaaskelainen was one of the most consistent 'keepers in the Premier League and was constantly linked with a move to a bigger club. Ali Al-Habsi played a very important role in keeping Bolton up in 2007/08 and has since made a name for himself at Wigan Athletic. Then most recently, Jaaskelainen's long term replacement, Adam Bogdan won Bolton's player of the year in 2011/12.

Bolton's latest goalkeeping recruit looks to be just as promising. Whilst YouTube videos are far from the best source of scouting a player (see: Daniel Braaten), the reflexes shown by Erik Bukran in the video are extremely impressive and at only 16, he could mature into a fantastic goalkeeper.


Skip to the 05:38 mark, where it starts to get really impressive!

Bukran's arrival coincides with Rob Lainton's departure and probably signals that Bolton's move for young American keeper Charlie Horton will not be taken any further.

He joins fellow Hungarian Adam Bogdan at the club and Bukran's former coach Daniel Illyes thinks this could have swayed the youngster into joining the Whites:

"It is evident that besides his talent, Adam Bogdan helped to take him to Bolton. They thought, 'If a Hungarian was a good choice before then why shouldn't we sign another one?'"

As well as Bogdan, Bukran joins Andy Lonergan, Jay Lynch and young German Jan-Ole Sievers in the pecking order.

Andy Lonergan spent last season largely as back-up to Adam Bogdan, making 9 appearances in total but he proved to be a very capable backup, especially in his home debut against Sunderland in the FA Cup where he made a number of outstanding saves and got awarded Man of the Match, many Bolton fans often make a case for him to be number one ahead of Bogdan and this is testament to his quality.

Jay Lynch is Bolton's third choice goalkeeper. Not many Bolton fans will have seen him in action as he is yet to make his competitive debut but as a regular watcher of the reserve team (or development squad as they're now known) I can testify that Lynch is a very talented goalkeeper. He isn't blessed with height, standing at a relatively short 5'11" but what he lacks in height, he makes up for in agility and Fabrice Muamba has selected him as a player to watch in the 2013/14 season.

I can't confess to have seen much of Jan-Ole Sievers, all I know is that the 18 year old German is very highly rated within the club and hopefully him and Erik Bukran can be a couple of solid goalkeepers for the future.

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