Date: 4th July 2015 at 10:00am
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One of the many success stories from last season’s Championship campaign was Bolton Wanderers starlet Zach Clough.

The 20-year-old, plucked from the club’s youth system by manager Neil Lennon, went on to make a big impression in the second-half of the season, scoring an impressive six goals in 10 appearances.

4th February 2015 - FA Cup - 4th Round Replay - Bolton Wanderers v Liverpool - Zach Clough of Bolton battles with Joe Allen of Liverpool - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Clough has had to wait a long time before he finally made his professional debut, back in January at the age of 19, but he made the most of it by netting the only goal during a 1-0 victory over local rivals Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup third round.

Two days after his impressive debut Clough signed a new contract extension that means he is now tied down to the Championship side until 2017.

The playmaker, who has been with Bolton since the age of eight, continued his excellent first month in senior football by scoring two goals in a 2-2 draw with Wolves in his first league game for The Trotters.

The 20-year-old is a superb player that can play across the midfield or up top, and one that seems to be in the right place at the right time, to tuck the ball into the back of the net.

His incredible sense of timing and finishing is something that is in the Frank Lampard mould, while he’s also been compared to a young Michael Owen.

Clough’s biggest game so far to date was Bolton’s FA Cup tie at home to Liverpool, which the Trotters lost 2-1.

But despite the defeat, he set up the first goal after winning a penalty for the veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen to score.

At international level, Clough is yet to represent England, but only seems a matter of time before he pulls on the Three Lions shirt for the Under-21s.

At 5ft 7in he’s not the biggest of players, but he looks to have a big future in the game.

Pace: 7/10
Heading: 6/10
Passing: 7/10
Power: 6/10
Shooting: 9/10
Total: 35/50

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