It’s fairly safe to say that Erhun Oztumer has not had the best of starts to life as a Bolton player.

Since joining the Wanderers from League One Walsall in the summer, Oztumer has featured just 17 times for Bolton this campaign.

In recent months, Oztumer has been nowhere near the first team. Only in the last two games, against Ipswich and Middlesbrough, has the Greenwich-born midfielder returned to action.

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It’s not hard to see why the midfielder has not had much game time this season. At 5’3 he’s not exactly the tallest player in the Bolton squad and with the style of football Bolton’s manager insists on playing, Oztumer often is unable to make an impact.

Unfortunately, this has seen Oztumer’s game time limited which is a real shame. When on the ball, the midfielder has real talent and is a tricky player to deal with.

However, when he’s spending the whole game watching the ball sail metres above his head, it really does take him out of the game.

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You have to wonder, therefore, why Phil Parkinson has chosen now as the time to reinstate him into the squad.

With all of the off-field distractions around the club currently, it must be near impossible to keep the players motivated. So perhaps Oztumer is one of the few players who hasn’t let their heads drop.

It’s certainly no bad thing to have Oztumer back playing again as he’s looked lively in his two cameo appearances in the last week.

It’s just a shame that Wanderers are all-but down at this point and any effort to stave off relegation is almost certainly in vain.

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