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Youngster hints at exit

Oladapo Afolayan has hinted that he will make a fresh career move in the summer.

The winger is on loan at League Two club Bolton.

He has struggled to make his breakthrough in east London, playing just 20 minutes of senior football for the club.

He scored in those 20 minutes, as he came off the bench against Doncaster Rovers in the fourth round of the FA Cup earlier this season.

Since his move to Bolton, he has made nine appearances, playing primarily on the left flank but also in attacking midfield and on the right wing.

He has yet to score but in new quotes reported by The Bolton News, the 23-year-old has confirmed he’ll make a decision over his future this summer.

His Hammers contract expires at the end of the season and it sounds as though he is already eyeing potentially greener pastures.

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He said: “Playing regularly is something that I’ve needed for a while now. 

“I’ve not had it for a few years. I’ve had injuries and things like that and I’ve worked hard in the Under-23s at West Ham this season and in and around the first team and in January looked to go out on loan and get some regular football.

“It was an easy decision to come here once I’d spoken to the manager and seen everything the club wanted to do.

“It’s a really good club and I’m really enjoying my football here and to be honest I’m just working hard and trying to help this team get promoted this season and then I’ll reassess my options after that.”

Afolayan was a regular for the Irons’ U23s, scoring nine goals in 36 outings.

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One comment on “Youngster hints at exit

  1. Sadly, I think we’ve seen this situation with so many youngsters before him and at 23 (the same age as Tammy Abrahams) he needs to be either playing first-team football regularly or getting game time from the bench.
    Bolton seems a good fit with a manager who has plans for him and Oladapo is realistic enough to know what he has to do at this stage of his career.
    I wish him the very best and hope that he can carve out a good career within the game.

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