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A Season in Statistics Player-By-Player: Josh Vela

Another Bolton academy product is up next in our statistical overview

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One of the rare bright lights for Bolton Wanderers this season has been the consistent form of their academy graduate Josh Vela.

The youngster has seen more gametime in his preferred midfield role, as well as spending large periods of the season filling in at right-back, but has largely impressed in both and scored his first goals for the club.

Appearances - 31 (1 as a sub)

Only four outfield players bettered Vela's record of 2,567 minutes in a Bolton shirt this season. The team earned 16 points with Vela on the pitch, giving Vela a ratio of just 0.51 points per game played.

Vela impressed early on when deployed as a stand-in right-back, but it's been great to see him begin to add much needed goals to his game from midfield. He scored his first senior goal with a long-range strike as Bolton fought back to draw 2-2 at Charlton, then added a second as we took an unlikely lead in the televised home clash with Middlesbrough.

Goals Conceded - 60 (1.93 per game)

Vela won't enjoy looking at this stat, although it does worryingly rank much lower than some of his teammates.


Pass completion rate - 76.7%, would be the second highest rate for a defender, but falls well behind some of his midfield colleagues

Goals - 2, not bad but hopefully he can build on this area of his game

Assists - 1, a worryingly low contribution

Bookings - 9, surprisingly high yellow card tally which is the third highest at the club behind Mark Davies and, of course, Darren Pratley

Red cards - 0

Overall Season Performance - B

Not bad, but could be better. Vela has probably been at his most impressive at right-back and has tended to drift out of games when played in midfield, particularly at Brighton where he was almost anonymous. Dropping down a level next season will be a huge opportunity for Vela to prove his qualities as a midfielder.