Aylesbury footballer Rob Hall has been backed to make current club Bolton a big profit in the future despite hardly featuring since his surprise move from West Ham.
Hall has proved a popular signing amongst Wanderers fans despite starting just the once since the end of September.
The England youth player, who spent time on loan at Birmingham last season, has only made 17 appearances – most as sub – for the Trotters since they went to tribunal with West Ham in the summer, paying £450,000 up front for the former Hammers academy star.
But boss Dougie Freedman says the former Grange School pupil will make the financially stricken club a big profit on their outlay in the future.
“The fans can see Rob Hall has quality and so can I, but with players at that age it’s about working with them every day,” he said.
“I’d like to think I’ll be quoted on this in a couple of years – he will be a wonderful player for this football club.
“People say to me that I need players right now, well I know that. But I can’t go and buy a Rob Hall for £4million; I bought him for £450,000. It’ll take time for him to become that player and he will be, but that’s where we are.”
Hall had been tipped for stardom with West Ham and England by famed Hammers Academy director Tony Carr and enjoyed fruitful loan spells with Oxford United and MK Dons before making his debut for West Ham in the FA Cup at Sheffield Wednesday and as sub in a 3-0 victory over Fulham in the Premier League last season.