Holden Bolton: Benny Says Stay Focused

Updated: January 21st: We are updating this piece, first published on January 18th. Reports emerging…Holden is Premiership-bound, headed to Bolton, according to Houston Dynamo Chief Operating Officer Chris Canetti via Fox Houston. Vindication for Holden and for Benny below who said last week Holden had the quality to play in the Barclays.

Holden: EPL Strong?...YES!

Canetti on Fox: “”I will confirm all indications point to Stuart apparently signing with Bolton,” Canetti said.” (courtesy: Fox News)

The Wanderers currently sit in next to last place, just above the man-made disaster that is Portsmouth. As for Holden’s opportunity, Chung Yong Lee–who we learned from Wanderer message boards is considered the Ronaldo of Bolton–has recently come on on the right flank. In the middle they’ve got a platoon amongst the following: Mark Davies (a English wunderkind) and Fabrice Muamba, both 21, who Holden could supplant and Tamir Cohen, recently arrived from Israel.

Matt Taylor historically a defender, has moved up the pitch to the left flank…he’s got 5 goals on the year…so he is likely staying put.

Best bet for Stu…central midfield.

In the meantime, TSG caught up with Benny Feilhaber just last week to discuss Stu’s overseas forays.

Feilhaber is arguably the most established American player overseas, boasting a resume of 30 caps, outnumbering even Jimmy Conrad.

With Stu Holden trialing at Bolton at the time of the recording, Feilhaber has one of the better perspectives in offering insights on Stu’s challenges as he goes up against the likes of Terry, Essien, Carragher and more.

Feilhaber, beyond having a similar game and position to Holden, was tasked with breaking into a Derby County side in 2007 that was bound for relegation and about to have a management shuffle. As Billy Davies gave way to one-time Wigan man Paul Jewell, Feilhaber found himself without an ally in command and next season was sent packing (a free transfer I might add). The final EPL stats to date for Feilhaber’s brief Barclays’ sojourn: 10 games, 9 coming on as a sub, 3 shots on goal.

So what advice does the now seasoned and excelling Feilhaber have as Stu trials at Bolton:

Benny Exclamation!...on Stu Holden

Benny: “I think the Stu’s got the qualities that will do well in the EPL…I think the hardest thing is breaking into the team once he has the confidence of the manager I think Stu will do well if he gets playing time.

He’s got a great ball which is important in the Premier League because you’ve got the put the ball in the box…it’s what creates scoring chances. I think he can do a good job. He just needs to keep his head down and wait for his opportunity.”

Matt: What’s the one thing, the top thing you would tell him?

Benny: “It’s going to be tougher than he probably expects. He just really needs to stay focused every practice.”


Good luck Stu. Keep your head down.

18 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Christian30 on 2010/01/19 at 7:38 AM

    Nice write-up here guys. Just found your web site and I’ve read like 5 articles already.

    Sorry if you answered this already somewhere, but where do you think the best place for Stu to play is in the EPL?


  2. Posted by Joe on 2010/01/19 at 10:31 AM

    It would be nice to see Stu getting some PT on any team right now. Especially with guys dropping like flies. Him and Benny are going to be big pieces for our success now and in the future.


  3. Posted by Milad on 2010/01/19 at 5:31 PM

    I dont even mind him playing in the Championship. Its still at a higher level than the MLS, and hes a British citizen so theyll take him.


    • Posted by Kevin on 2010/01/19 at 6:12 PM

      Scottish… You really can’t get them confused because Scots wear kilts. Ten times cooler.


      • Posted by Oliver Gaspard on 2010/01/20 at 1:14 PM

        Scots are British. Britain is an island containing Scotland, England and Wales.


        • Posted by Kevin on 2010/01/21 at 10:05 PM

          Hmm I thought England were the Brits and the uk was the island but I could be wrong. I could see that way of thinking about it but I just wanted to get a comment in about kilts.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/01/24 at 2:53 PM

          He is a British citizen. Whether you’re Welsh, Scottish or English, you’re still British. But we’re all fiercy proud of our own countries.

          GB = England, Scotand and Wales.
          UK = GB + Northern Ireland.


  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/01/21 at 10:07 PM

    Back to the topic at hand…where does Stuie play at Bolton…Lee’s been great the past few weeks on the right…does Stu go inside?


    • Under Coyle Bolton will change from their defensive minded 4-4-2 (which plays like a 6-3-1) and now run the Dutch 4-3-3 with Lee and Holden interchanging on the right hand side…One can hope, right?


  5. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/01/22 at 6:38 AM

    I think you’re right Nick…either way they’ll certainly be more offensive.

    I think Kevin Davies would be a great guy for Stu to both pair and learn from.


  6. Great news, except that now I’ve got to catch the occasional Bolton match. Mrs. Tuesday will not be liking that so much. Not completely up to speed on Bolton but one would think that Stu crossing to Kevin Davies would result in a few headed goals…

    And a technical note for any that care Britain = United Kingdom which consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. While each of the “home nations” have separate football associations, all of those nationalities have a UK passport and are free to work anywhere in the UK or the EU for that matter.


  7. Posted by jonk on 2010/01/22 at 9:28 AM

    Bolton have also acquired Slovak youngster Vladimir Weiss on loan from Man City…so there might be quite the battle on for playing time


  8. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/01/22 at 9:31 AM

    I’m on a plane right now. But wasn’t weiss the guy that we had a tough time with in slovakia?


    • Posted by jonk on 2010/01/22 at 10:50 AM

      Yeah, I think Jonny B conceded the penalty against him. He’s the Michael Bradley of the Slovakia team — a talented up and comer that happens to be the son of the coach


    • Posted by Oliver Gaspard on 2010/01/22 at 10:53 AM

      That’s correct. He’s an immense player and he’s only 20, I think. Coyle has quite the options now as for who to start in midfield.

      Interesting note about Weiss, his father and grandfather both share the same name and both played for the national team in their day. Also, I guess one could say that Weiss is Slovakia’s version of Michael Bradley, as Vlad’s dad is the Slovakian national team coach.


  9. Posted by Joe on 2010/01/22 at 3:08 PM

    was this the best choice for Stu? Looks like its going to be a dogfight for playing time and thats if he evens gets the chance. I hope he does. I would hate to see him sitting and never playing as we have seen many guys do already.


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