On Monday it was revealed that Arsenal had their bid for Bolton’s Rob Holding accepted and the player had already undergone a medical.
With personal details expected to be thrashed out this week (see how that goes – bid, acceptance, medical, then personal details, not personal details first as is often reported in the hundreds of transfer stories that come to nothing), here’s all you need to know about the centre back.
Holding was born on Tameside and signed for Bolton aged seven.
Making only one league appearance when on loan with Bury (partially due to an ankle injury), it seemed as if he could be on his way before the start of last season but by the third game, he was in the starting lineup aged just 19.
He made 30 appearances for Bolton last season, but until the arrival of Neil Lennon, Holding had fallen out of favour with the management after being blamed for a poor defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough despite being played out of position and being only being a teenager.
Lennon initially deployed him as a right back as he covered for injured players but when injury struck in the heart of the defence he was shifted yet again, but this time to his preferred position and became a regular in the side.
Despite his young age, he brings with him a composure usually found in players significantly older and you’ll be delighted to know that he is not known for making mistakes (hallelujah!)
1.81m tall (5’94”), he received only one yellow card last season – the same as the number of goals he scored.
Right-footed, he can play left or right centre back and can also be utilised in either full back role.
Named Bolton player of the year for last season, his contract with them expires next summer and it is believed he will cost Arsenal £2m.
Sounds like a bargain if you ask me.