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24-year-old who left West Ham in the summer scores wonder strike, 11th goal this season
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24-year-old who left West Ham in the summer scores wonder strike, 11th goal this season

Oladapo Afolayan left West Ham United to join League One side Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer in the summer.

The 24-year-old, commonly known as ‘Dapo’, joined the Hammers from Solihull Moors in 2018 and was sent out on loan to three separate clubs in the following three years, including his current team Bolton.

The young attacker impressed for West Ham’s under-23s, bagging nine goals and six assists in 36 games (Transfermarkt).

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Afolayan never seemed to have what it takes to make it at Premier League level though.

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David Moyes clearly didn’t believe that, and swiftly moved Dapo on to Bolton permanently in the summer of 2021.

The Harrow-born attacker has been a real hit with the Trotters. This season, he has bagged 11 goals and five assists in 33 games for the Greater Manchester outfit (Transfermarkt).

And whilst the 24-year-old maybe wasn’t quite good enough for the Premier League, he certainly seems to be a level above in League One.

Oladapo Afolayan scores wonder goal for Bolton

The 24-year-old has really impressed in League One so far this season.

He has been Bolton’s stand-out player and is currently the ninth highest goalscorer in England’s third tier.

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The former Hammer has been in brilliant form of late, scoring three goals in his last four games for the Trotters.

And he bagged an absolute worldie for his team on Tuesday night, during a 2-0 win against Cambridge United:

Some may say that we let him leave the London Stadium too early. Sometimes though, a transfer suits all parties involved.

Dapo has found his level now whilst Bolton have a very good young player on their hands.

At 24, the attacker was never going to make it with West Ham in the Premier League. He left with everyone’s blessing and now seems to be forging a really good career for himself with Bolton.

Good luck to him. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

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