Manchester United have officially announced the free transfer of Ben Amos to Bolton on a permanent deal, with his contract at Old Trafford having expired.
The 6ft 3in stopper spent the end of last season on loan with the Trotters and impressed enough to earn a contract at the Macron Stadium in the wake of Adam Bogdan's move to Liverpool.
It was confirmed via United’s official Twitter account that the ‘keeper has indeed left Louis van Gaal’s fold, although many will have been expecting it for some time.
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Despite initially being tipped for big things Amos had slumped behind David de Gea, Victor Valdes and even Anders Lindegaard in the United pecking order, making it incredible unlikely that he was ever going to be given first-team opportunities under Van Gaal.
The 25-year-old made seven appearances in all competitions during his United career, including one in the Premier League in 2012, but the task of climbing the Old Trafford rungs was one even the most redoubtable of individuals wouldn’t have relished.
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The pecking order
On top of that is the fact that if De Gea leaves this summer - he’s been hotly linked in connection with a possible move to Spanish giants Real Madrid - it’s said that Van Gaal will replace him with as close to a like-for-like successor as he can find.
That translates to the theory that even Victor Valdes might not be promoted from his role as backup ‘keeper, therefore Lindegaard and Amos wouldn’t necessarily see any sharp upturn in fortunes.
Amos, as has already been mentioned, saw his contract run out this summer, so there’s no guarantees he would have been offered a new deal anyway.
That said a player with his experience in relation to big club football should be a timely addition to Bolton, who weren’t too far away from only narrowly beating the drop from the Championship last season, finishing 18th.
Indeed Neil Lennon will be praying that the business he does this summer will provide Bolton with the necessary motivation to step things up a gear. It wasn’t all that long ago that they were a regular mid-table fixture in the Premier League, but Amos’ addition is just the start if reversing fortunes is the immediate aim.
United fans, are you disappointed Amos didn’t make the grade? Bolton fans, do you think it’s a good deal for you? Let us know in the comments box below.