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Josh Vela: I'm Better Than Every Bolton Midfielder

Strong words from the Salfordian

Charlie Crowhurst

Speaking with the BEN, Bolton Wanderers academy graduate Josh Vela has expressed his belief that he is better than Bolton's current crop of central midfielder, and that he can play a role in the club's future.

Since arriving on loan at Notts County in March, the club have won three out of three and he has received rave reviews from the crowd and local journalists alike.

Vela said:

"I want to show that I'm ready to play for them (Bolton) and I'm better than what they have got,"

"They must see something in me, hopefully anyway, so after this I need to make sure they see what I can do on the big stage.

"It's a massive step for me because I've got nine games to get some experience and if that doesn't mean first team football at Bolton, it might mean another loan for a full season.

"I've played in the Premier League, which was a great experience, but it was a couple of years ago now.

Vela added:

"I've been in and out of squads and on the bench but it's made me more determined to come here (Notts County) and play first team football.

"I had to have another operation on my knee because it was swelling up all the time but that's sorted now and I'm ready to push on.

"It's been frustrating sat in the stands watching every week when really I should have been playing on a Saturday afternoon.

"I think there have been other (loan) opportunities but they've been kept quiet at Bolton - maybe I wasn't fit enough, maybe they wanted me to stay, I don't know.

"I've played in a relegation battle before with Bolton. I thrived off that pressure and the fans, because they were really good for me because I was a young local lad coming through.

"I'm in good shape, I'd been doing well in the reserves at Bolton and now I want to step up and help Notts County stay up."