Freedman: Vela Couldn't Play 15 Games A Season

  • March 23, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman says Josh Vela was loaned to Notts County to help build the foundations towards him fulfilling his potential.

Vela moved to Meadow Lane last week and made his debut for the Magpies in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Carlisle United.

The 20-year-old has struggled with a number of injuries over the last 18 months, with Freedman saying the midfielder was incapable of playing 15 games a season. But with those problems seemingly behind him, the Wanderers boss says Vela can only benefit from his time with County and will return to Bolton ready to move up to the next level.

"Whether they are at the bottom of the league or not isn't my issue," Freedman told The Bolton News.

"I have to think of the club and this is a chance to get Josh playing some proper league football.

"He'll be in the trenches, so let's see what he's made of.

"This decision is all about his development because if I was thinking of myself then I'd keep him around to sit in the stands, or on the bench, and try and get him games here or there.

"But where Josh is right now he needs to show he can handle games, so the best thing for our football club and for the lad himself is to get out there and see how he handles himself.

"When I came to the football club I'd heard great things about Josh but he's not quite fulfilled his potential.

"There are many reasons for that but the main one was that he had a knee problem that meant he couldn't train at an intensity that allowed him to play 15-20-25 games in a long season.

"That's the reason I had to go and buy Medo Kamara in that position.

"Those little injuries were just making it difficult for him but we did exactly the same thing as we did with David Wheater and pulled him out, put him on an intensive fitness programme, and he's playing fantastically well for the Under-21s now. It wasn't an easy decision to send him out."

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