As per one of the latest reports by The Bolton News, Bolton Wanderers’ goalkeeper, Ben Alnwick, is perceived to be desirous to extend his stay at the Macron Stadium. Alnwick’s current contract with the Wanderers is set to expire at the end of the season but in one of his latest interviews, he has clearly stated that the club and he himself are involved in chalking a new contract.
Bolton Wanderers have been plying their trade in the Championship after they were promoted from League One, having finished 2nd in the league table of the English third division last season. They have collected 39 points from 39 games so far this season in the Championship and are currently placed at the 20th spot in the league standings. Survival in the Championship is looking likely for them.
Phil Parkinson’s side are 5 points above the relegation zone but there is no denying that they must fight hard in the business end of the season to avoid getting demoted. If they manage to keep their Championship status intact, then they should aim for a respectable finish in the league table in the upcoming season and extension of Alnwick’s contract could be beneficial for them.
The 31-year-old shot-stopper has been one of the brightest players under the tutelage of Parkinson this season. He has been winning the battle against Mark Howard for a place under the bar in Bolton Wanderers’ starting line-up. In 32 appearances in the league so far this campaign, Alnwick has managed to secure 8 clean sheets and has made 2.94 saves per game on an average.
Having emerged through the youth ranks of Sunderland, the goalkeeper was elevated to the senior side of the Black Cats before being prised away by Tottenham Hotspur. However, he couldn’t cement his place in the ranks of the north London outfit and was shipped out on loan to a lot of clubs including Leicester City, Norwich City and Leeds United. He is a decent shot-stopper and he has proved it well this season.
Prior to his move to Bolton Wanderers, he had signed permanently for Barnsley, Charlton Athletic, Leyton Orient and Peterborough United and it goes without saying that he possesses truckloads of experience of English football under his belt. Recently, he has been linked with Sunderland but considering his inclination to remain with the Trotters, Parkinson should not waste much time in making him sign on the dotted line.
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