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Keith Hill is set to protect Bolton’s young players

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After the team’s takeover last week, the club has only relied on youth players, and manager Keith Hill wants to protect them and give them chances for the future.

Bolton Wanderers relied on youth players in their six opening matches in the Football League One.

They just had five senior players contracted to the club before last week’s take over.

Which is why manager Keith Hill wants to protect them.

“You could ruin a team of 18-year-olds with what’s happened to them,” said Hill to the BBC.

“They showed tremendous courage.”

“It’s time for them to be rewarded by the recruitment that we have done for support,” he added.

“I’m a big advocate of bringing young players through, I love developing players, but I need to be able to protect young players. They are at the stage now that they need protection and that means rest, recovery and a pat on the back.”

“Now let’s learn from the five games played and let’s put a plan in process to develop them individually instead of trying to develop a team of 18-year-olds together. That is what you have to do,” he commented.

“It is a big assessment, a mental eventuation for those players, but we do not want to mentally ruin that group because they are special.”