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The Curious Case of Andy Kellett

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A quick look at the shock deadline day loan move

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At around 8pm on transfer deadline day Jim White seemed to pretend to read a text on his phone, announcing to a confused world that Bolton Wanderers' academy graduate and recently Plymouth Argyle loanee Andy Kellett would be joining Manchester United on loan.

How we laughed, clearly Jim had misread or was being pranked. Word was that Kellet would be joining Sheffield United, or one someone else in the lower leagues to continue his footballing education..

However a couple of hours later a loan move to Man Utd was confirmed with Saidy Janko joining the Whites on loan in exchange. It was unbelievable. The bemusement of Wanderers fans was perhaps only matched by the confusion amongst United fans - who is this Andy Kellett they asked?

Well, we all know that Bolton born Kellett has made a handful of first team appearances for Wanderers' first team. His progress through the ranks had been steady and somewhat unspectacular, althought a successful loan spell with Plymouth Argyle brought wider attention with a superb solo goal at Northampton Town, which you can see here:

Kelllet was expected to extend his loan with the League Two side until the end of the season before Man Utd beat them to the signing. Indeed the story goes that the lad was expecting to be given this bit of news when he was called into Neil Lennon's office late on Deadline Day.

Since then it has transpired that former Bolton player and current Manchester United under 21 manager Warren Joyce has been a big fan of the lad for some time now. He has seen Kellett as quality cover for his young squad in their quest to to secure the Premier League development title. He has been an unused substitute in games against Chelsea and Everton since the move.

It remains to be seen what will be best for the development of Andy Kellett, regular first team football in League Two or training with supposedly higher quality players at Man Utd. One thing that isn't in doubt is that the the high profile move will not do the 21 year old any harm and may even add a couple of zeros to his value should the Whites ever decide to cash in.

We watch his career with interest and wish him luck - although if he wanted to smash Jonny Evans' face in then we'd be quite happy.