When a vastly inexperienced Bolton side took to the field at Wycombe’s Adams Park on Saturday, few could imagine the impact one Yoan Zouma would have not only on the game but on the 1800 travelling supporters.

The 21-year-old centre-half dominated in defence and kept the notorious striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, often dubbed ‘the beast,’ at bay during an evenly fought first half.

With so few pre-season minutes under the players’ belts going into Saturday’s match, it’s not surprising that Zouma and several other of Bolton’s young guns tired over the course of the game and slipped to a 2-0 defeat but in their efforts to give Wycombe a close-fought they managed to earn the respect and admiration of the Bolton faithful.

Yoan Zouma, younger brother of Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma, caught the eye more than most on Saturday as his inspired defensive work at the back helped Bolton hold out against the persistent attacks from Wycombe.

His first-half performance, in particular, was extremely impressive, especially in going up against the huge physical presence of Wycombe’s Akinfenwa.

A number of crucial and eye-catching tackles, as well as his overall play, certainly singled the young Frenchman out as a player who could not only cope with League One football this season but could thrive.

Thankfully for Zouma, with Bolton’s limited options at the moment, he is more than likely to retain his place in the side and with a few more performances like the one on show at Wycombe then he could have the potential to make a name for himself in the heart of Wanderers’ defence.

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