Yesterday, we were pretty sure that Jay Spearing would be coming to the Reebok on a 6 month loan from home club Liverpool. Today Spearing confirmed that he will be joining the club, and for
the expected time of 6 months a season. This move has been in the works for a while, but Bolton balked at reported £3mil price tag Liberpool were expecting. A loan deal is pretty beneficial for all parties, giving Bolton the hold over needed until Stuart Holden's return, and giving Spearing a chance to prove his worth in first team action.
While Spearing secured a regular starting spot at Liverpool in the 2010-11 season, due to injury and lack of options, he quickly fell out of favour when Liverpool signed Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, and Stewart Downing. Since then, he has been floundering a bit. At the ripe young age of 23, Jay has plenty of time to break into a big club like Liverpool, and gaining match experience and a different perspective at Bolton could be just what he needs.
From Bolton's perspective, the midfield should be looking for anything it can get at this point. The team has been continually breaking down at that point for at least the past year, and that is a huge part of Bolton's relegation. The loss of Stuart Holden has been felt keenly, and even if he remains on schedule, he won't be back until some time in October. Spearing could fill that hole.
Bolton legend Super John McGinlay is keen to not rely on Spearing, saying it's "too much pressure to put on a young man's shoulders." This is a fair point, and relying on a player that will potentially be gone in 6 months is a bad plan anyway. This was a good bit of business from Owen Coyle, and even if he may not single-handedly turn Bolton's season around, I'm excited to see what Spearing can do.
UPDATE: The club have announced officially that Spearing has signed for a season long loan