Oladapo Afolayan left West Ham United to link up with Bolton Wanderers on loan in January.
The 23-year-old is yet to score for Bolton, but he has impressed with his all around game.
At his age, it could be argued that Afolayan should have done more to show that he has what it takes to make it at the highest level.
His contract with West Ham is due to expire in the summer.
So he clearly faces an uncertain future at the London Stadium.
Oladapo Afolayan faces bleak West Ham future
The 23-year-old striker needs to improve so much if he is to have a future at Premier League level. He’s not a kid anymore.
Afolayan spoke to Bolton News and suggested that whatever happens next, regular football will be a huge factor in his decision:
“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 U23s 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.”
If we’re being honest, it’s hard to envisage a scenario whereby Afolayan plays regularly for West Ham next season.
David Moyes probably has four or five attacking players currently ahead of the 23-year-old in the attacking pecking order.
If Afolayan really wants regular action, it will surely be in his best interest to move on.
And if the young striker does end up leaving West Ham this summer, we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.