Bolton could lose several key players come January when their loan deals expire.

Things are finally starting to look up for Bolton as the club celebrated its third win in a row at the weekend and finally propelled itself into positive points, for the time being at least.

However, with January getting ever closer, the future of a number of Bolton players looks in doubt.

Those players are the loanees Keith Hill signed on deadline day earlier this season, all of whom are set to leave the club once the January transfer window opens.

But what chance does Bolton stand in keeping its loan players?

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Liam Bridcutt

On loan from: Nottingham Forest

League Position: 4th in the Championship

It was a huge surprise that a player of Bridcutt’s talent chose Bolton over plying his trade in a higher division. Thankfully for Wanderers, his parent club, Nottingham Forest are flying high in the Championship which could mean that Bridcutt could find himself back at Bolton after January unless some higher-placed clubs are aiming at a surprise swoop for the midfielder.

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Jake Wright

On loan from: Sheffield United

League Position: 6th in the Premier League

Stepping up from the bottom of League One to the dizzying heights of 6th in the Premier League looks a step too far for the 33-year-old defender meaning that another loan spell at Bolton could well be likely for Jake Wright once his initial loan move comes to an end.

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Thibaud Verlinden

On loan from: Stoke City

League Position: 23rd in the Championship

Due to Stoke’s lowly league position and the fact they’ve just brought in a new manager, it’s been looking ever-more likely that the Belgian winger will be heading back to Stoke in January which would be a huge blow for Bolton. The fact that Stoke didn’t allow Verlinden to play in the FA Cup, to avoid the winger becoming cup-tied, looked to seal Verlinden’s fate and his move back to Stoke.

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Josh Earl

On loan from: Preston North End

League Position: 5th in the Championship

Given the fact that Josh Earl’s parent club, Preston, are flying high in the Championship, Wanderers have a fairly good chance of keeping hold of the young defender after the January window.

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Luckily for Wanderers, most of the players signed on deadline day were all on free permanent transfers.

However, the potentially departing loanees will be a huge loss if any of them do leave.

Hopefully, Keith Hill and David Flitcroft have a plan to replace any player who does bid farewell in January.

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