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The 18-year-old has made two substitute appearances in recent weeks and the Trotters' manager is impressed with the midfielder's "energy and exuberance"

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle will put his faith in young midfielder Josh Vela, as he attempts to steer his side to Premier League safety.

Talented teenager Vela has made just two substitute appearances for the Trotters but Coyle has been suitable impressed and believes the 18-year-old has the 'natural ability' to shine in the team.

“Young Josh Vela has just turned 18 and we know he’s destined for a big future,” Coyle told in The Times.
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“We have tremendous belief and confidence in his ability. He was excited to get out there [against Sunderland], which I love. That youthful exuberance, that energy and that desire.

“The other thing is that he has that natural ability. His first involvement in the game was to get on the ball and drive forward and be positive. It shows how hard we work behind the scenes to develop our young players.”

Bolton are currently in the bottom three with a game in hand over their rivals, to be played on Wednesday, against Tottenham. A point will take the Trotters out of the relegation zone and Coyle is desperate to keep their heads above water.

He continued: “We need one more point than the three below us. We are sitting level on points with Queens Park Rangers but the goal difference has us below.”

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