Sheffield United defender Jake Wright appears to be bringing his winning mentality to Bolton.
The 33-year-old was back in the Trotters XI yesterday. After missing the last four games, Wright returned at the heart of the defence. It proved a successful day for Wright, too. A 2-1 win over Fleetwood made it three on the bounce for the Lancashire side.
Wright was signed by United manager Chris Wilder almost immediately when he took charge. One of Wilder’s trusted troops from his time at Oxford. There was, however, never really going to be any room for him this season in the Premier League.
Down in League One Wright is ideal. In a Bolton team that has had so much off-field turmoil to deal with, Wright’s experience is invaluable.
Importance at the back
Wright brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him. Over 250 games for Oxford coupled with over 50 for the Blades ensure he brings something to the table.
For a long time too, Wright was undefeated in a Blades shirt when starting.
Every Blade fan will have nodded their head in approval when Bolton signed him on loan this summer.
Story so far
Wright has been integral to any good results the Trotters have had. His quality and leadership from the back is helping out a team of experienced pros and young players trying to make their way in the game.
Despite a rotten start to life at the Macron – a 6-1 loss at Rotherham – Wright has a good record.
Two credible draws against Oxford and Sunderland, coupled with yesterday’s win over Fleetwood mean Wright is bringing his excellent record to Bolton.
Wright was up against former teammate Ched Evans yesterday. He handled him with minimal fuss. Evans, who has had two spells with Sheffield United, struggled to get any change from Wright.
His loan spell is up in January but Bolton will surely be looking to extend that. You’d imagine Chris Wilder will be more than happy to allow Wright to go as well.