Yoan Zouma Back on Trial at Bolton

  • September 14, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Yoan Zouma may yet have a future at Bolton, after linking up with the club on a trial basis.

Zouma initially joined Wanderers from French club Angers in August 2018 and went on to make a total of 23 first-team appearances, before leaving this past summer following the expiry of his contract.

Trotters Head Coach Ian Evatt admits he would have liked to retain the services of the 22-year-old, who he believes has suffered as a result of poor guidance from his agent, but will make a final decision over the coming days with the player now entering a second week at their Lostock training base.

"I think the problem we have at the moment, and it's a big one in the industry, is that agents are dictating players' minds," Evatt told The Bolton News.

"Prior to salary caps coming in agents were selling dreams to players when we all knew it was happening, everyone in the game understood it.

"Agents were selling dreams of Championship, League One, going abroad for loads of money, then the season kicked-off nothing has materialised and these players are out of work.

"The good agents and some of the players we signed understood the situation and were sympathetic that we're in the middle of a pandemic and there's a salary cap coming in. Maybe they took less in wages, just to have a job.

"There are so many good players out there now who are out of work and should have taken offers when they got them earlier in the summer only for their agent to talk them out of it.

"It won't be the agents who pay your bills.

"Yoan falls into that bracket. He probably got sold a dream and nothing materialised.

"We wanted to keep him and now he's back in the building. He hasn't got anything else.

"We'll have a look at him, see where he's at, and whether he can fit into what we are doing.

"If he does, there's potentially something to be done. It's doable. If he doesn't, we'll move on."

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