The Daily Star reports that Rhys Williams, 23, is a £4m option for Bolton Wanderers this summer.
Williams, a promising young Aussie who can be deployed in midfield or defence, is interesting Owen Coyle as a versatile recruit for his squad.
He missed a fair chunk of Middlesbrough’s last season in addition to the FIFA World Cup 2010 with a hip injury but is now fighting fit and eager to play. His versatility, being used at right-back, centre-back and centre-midfield would provide Bolton with some valuable cover in those areas.
The question mark over his head however is perhaps directed more towards his fee rather than his ability to step up a level. Bolton enjoyed an incredibly successful season last time out and despite finishing 14th looked in contention for a European spot for the majority of the season. They will look to push on even further this coming season and secure a top six spot.
A (relatively) expensive recruitment on an unproven player who has just returned from severe injury may not be the best use of money and there are certainly other options out there for Coyle to ponder which would represent better value for money. £4 million seems a lot to pay when there will certainly be cheaper options available abroad or even closer to home, such as Nigel Reo-Coker.
What are you thoughts on the potential for Rhys Williams to succeed at Bolton and justify this inflated fee?
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