Rob Hall is very much a contentious issue amongst Bolton Wanderers supporters. Some feel he has potential and has shown glimpses of quality in the past, but the rest us just see him as the weak, spineless pretty boy primarily is. Not many were sad when the news of his loan move to League One high flyers, MK Dons, was announced, least of all Hall himself, who no doubt couldn't wait to leave the backwards North and get back closer to his beloved London.
Although no tears were shed on his departure, there's still interest over how he did at the MK, at least from me. So I went to the liberty of asking Dons fan Harry Wright if he'd mind sharing his thoughts on the winger.
Over to you Harry:
Rob Hall. A forgotten man after his first Dons spell in 2015 came back with a blast to duly aid the 2015 promotion charge.
I was left somewhat confused after Hall's departure in 2011 after just one sole appearance. A blistering spell at Chesterfield in a 1-1 draw that saw the then West Ham loanee hit the bar and liven up what was up till then a very dull and quiet game. Back on the bench for the weeks to come, Hall departed after that one impressive performance. At the time it was what I felt we was lacking in our side but reported fallings out with Karl Robinson and a potential attitude problem put pay to his fledgling Dons career.
I have always followed his career since then however, which has seemed to have stagnated, after an impressive loan spell in the Championship at Birmingham City, since he arrived at his current home, Bolton Wanderers.
But in early April came the news a second Dons loan spell was in order for Hall, and a number of Dons fans took to social media with their scepticism over the 5th loanee to enter the fray at Stadium:MK this season. Hall's first start came at home to Scunthorpe and an impressive performance saw the Dons 2-0 up in 7 minutes. Hall was one of the top performers with his pace and trickery, which the Scunthorpe defence just couldn't handle.
Things quietened down after that, back on the bench at a bore draw with Port Vale and a second start 3 days later in a comprehensive 3-0 win at Fleetwood yielded 4 important points before undoubtedly the winger's best Dons performance, possibly best in his career, in a 6-1 hammering of Leyton Orient. In which Hall was credited with a hat-trick despite 2 dubious goals. There was no doubt about if the seance was his though, as he smashed speculative volley in from 30 yards..
Two quiet performances at home to Doncaster and away to Rochdale did not dampen the Dons hopes as six more points were accumulated and took the Dons to within a point of Preston before the big day at home to Yeovil in which Hall was key in the 5-1 demolition of Yeovil that finally saw the Dons promoted to the Championship at the 7th time of asking.
Hall undoubtedly changed the Dons fortune and his performances certainly coincided with a run of 9 wins in 10 games. The left winger Karl Robinson had been searching for for around 4 years had finally arrived and could certainly be considered the final piece of the puzzle in my eyes. Hall can certainly be proud of his efforts in his second Dons spell and will always be considered as part of 'that team' that got promotion on the last day of the 14/15 season.
Asked if he'd like be here next season the Londoner replied:
"I fucking hope so"
and with a bid rumoured to be £400,000 placed by the Buckinghamshire club, Hall could once again be on the move in the Summer of 2015 as a chance of a move closer back to home looks possible.
We thank Harry for that in-depth look in to Rob Hall's spell at his club, and ask you to follow him on Twitter @HarryWright27.