Gareth Ainsworth has fought off interest from higher-placed clubs to secure the loan signing of highly-rated Manchester City winger Luke Bolton until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old was called up to City’s Champions League squad at the start of the campaign following some excellent displays for the first-team in pre-season, catching the eye against Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool in particular.
Bolton – born just six months before fellow Wanderers attacker Nathan Tyson made his professional debut - was part of the England under-20 side that won the Toulon Tournament in 2017, and has impressed for City’s under-23s in two Checkatrade Trophy ties this season, scoring in the victory at Rochdale.
He was also named on City’s bench for their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg tie at Burton Albion last night, before travelling south to link up with his new team-mates at training this morning.
Ainsworth said: “It’s a massive coup for us to be able to bring a player of Luke’s calibre to the club, and I’m sure the fans will be extremely excited to know that we have one of Manchester City’s best young talents coming here to develop his game with us.
“He’s lightning quick, very direct and the type of player that will entertain and get the supporters on their feet. I know there were a few other clubs higher up the ladder looking at him and trying to sign him, but City have entrusted him with us and we’re very appreciative to them for doing so, and also to the chairman Trevor Stroud for the excellent role he’s played in making this happen.
“We have a proud track record in recent years of bringing in talented young players that not many people might have heard of, but giving them the platform to learn, improve and gain experience which will stand them in good stead for the future. We’re looking forward to working with Luke and seeing what he will bring to the team as we continue our pursuit of our target of making sure we remain in the division.”
Luke will wear squad number 17.