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Nsiala Completes Bolton Move
Friday, 10th Jan 2020 17:24

Town central defender Toto Nsiala has completed his move to Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season. TWTD was first to reveal that the Trotters were chasing the 27-year-old on Wednesday.

Nsiala’s switch was confirmed in time for him to make his debut for the Lancastrians in tomorrow’s derby at Rochdale.

“Toto I think has had a little bit of a hard time and a little bit of confidence [go] against him," manager Paul Lambert said earlier today when asked about Nsiala's situation.

“But effort-wise I’ve never ever questioned that at all, he’s always given me everything he’s had. I just think for his own head, for clearing his head that maybe if something can happen, then it might happen.”

Kinshasa-born Nsiala, who grew up in Liverpool, joined the Blues from Shrewsbury in the summer of 2018 in a double deal with Jon Nolan, following their former Shrews manager Paul Hurst to Portman Road.

In total Nsiala, who is contracted to Town until the summer of 2021 with the club having an option for a further season but who seems likely to depart on a permanent basis in the summer, has made 28 starts and five sub appearances for the Blues, scoring once.

Earlier today, Lambert confirmed that he would look for a replacement for the DR Congo international with Everton youngster Lewis Gibson a strong contender to join on loan until the summer although with other potential signings also in the frame.

“We’re trying to look at something at the minute to see if something can happen and if we can do that then great,” Lambert said without naming names.

“But as I said before, it’s difficult because if you don’t have the finances to go out do major things, but we’ll try and do little things.”

Gibson joined the Toffeemen from the Magpies in the summer of 2017 for a reported £990,000 potentially rising to £6 million, the left-sided defender having turned down Spurs, Man City and Southampton and others to make the move to Goodison Park.

The England U17, U18 and U20 international, who can also operate at left-back, is yet to make a senior appearance for Everton and a move to Town would be his first loan spell.

Lambert again ruled out a return for Tommy Smith, who is continuing to train with the Blues’ U23s having left the Colorado Rapids late last year.

“Tommy’s got his own career in the States and whatever he had here, you can’t keep revisiting that,” he said. “It’s crazy because you’ve got to move on.

“The lad did great here, absolutely terrific, but you’ve got to move on. It’s football, football doesn’t wait for anybody.”

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agravenor added 17:27 - Jan 10
Good luck Toto. Apologies for some of our fans whilst you've been at Town. Hope your career kicks on

dangerous30 added 17:31 - Jan 10
All the best toto

Moriarty added 17:33 - Jan 10


itfchorry added 17:42 - Jan 10
Don’t know what happened to him this season.

Thought he was playing really well towards the
back of last season.

GSH71 added 17:48 - Jan 10
I bet if he plays at the weekend he will probably be man of the match . It is funny how when we buy players from other clubs who are playing really well when they come to us they struggle to make any impact , must be some curse lol, good luck to him .


blues1 added 17:54 - Jan 10
Itfchorry. It's quite clear what happened to him this season. He got a bad hamstring injury prior to the season, then when he came back picked up another minor one. Thus hes never managed to get himself fully match fit, and the rotation hasnt helped him with that. Hes also been a bit unlucky with some refereeing decisions going against him unfairly and his confidence hasnt been helped with all those things. Also, having some of our so called fans slagging him off, not just on the pitch, but personally too, hasnt helped. As u say, he was playing well 2nd half of last season.

Mark added 17:59 - Jan 10
Lambert has spoken out against loans in the past, so shouldn't the replacement be a permanent signing? A commanding centre back would add a lot to the side.

coolcat added 18:00 - Jan 10
Best of luck Toto. Always great with the fans.

dukey44 added 18:03 - Jan 10
Bang out of order to send him messages.. Hang heads in shame... But seriously wasn't good enough this season.. But yet again another player struggling with this STUPID ROTATION system... Who will want to come and play this Lambert brainwave system?

coolcat added 18:07 - Jan 10
Just wanted to add to the above, was always great with fans after matches. Nice guy. Awful the abuse he got from some on social media. Blues1 thanks for explaining about the injury. I've seen most matches this season and in the last few I saw he was limping a lot. As you say, never managed to regain full match fitness.

herfie added 18:26 - Jan 10
Best wishes for a successful loan - the future will take care of itself downstream.

Clearly things haven’t worked out here, and this move provides breathing space and a fresh start. But, despite receiving moronic personal abuse from some so called supporters, you gave your best and kept your dignity. Those whose decision it was to bring you here, and then to hand you the shirt in a currently struggling team, should take a big slice of responsibility for how this has ended up. You probably took the brunt of the frustration and criticism that the whole team and coaching staff should share equally.

tractorboybig added 18:43 - Jan 10
waste of space very poor was not fit to wear the shirt. ( he is in good company this year)

Jonaldo added 18:53 - Jan 10
I wish Toto well. He has a big heart and always gave 100% .

Sad it didn't work out and I certain he has more to offer.

Good luck Toto.

algarvefan added 19:13 - Jan 10
herfie 100% agree with you, I feel for the lad, look what we have done to Norwood and Jackson also. I have said it before there is something fundamentally wrong behind the scenes at Town, be it the owner, manager, fitness, training, I don't know, but things aren't right. One day I think my comments will be vindicated.

jas0999 added 19:25 - Jan 10
Good luck to the lad. Hasn’t worked out for him here, so great move for all parties.

We must now sign a CB - preferably one with some experience, rather than an untried, I experienced youngster on loan.

ChrisR added 19:56 - Jan 10
Can we not get Matthew Pennington ? Everton loanee now at Hull , but not playing , he was just about ITFC best player 18/19 despite relegation !

blueboy1981 added 20:42 - Jan 10
Lambert will probably say we don’t need anyone - no pressure on him anymore to produce the goods. That’s the reality of the situation now.

ITFCsince73 added 21:06 - Jan 10
Any chance Chambo can go with him?
That’s not a pop at the captain, just a simple fact, that he also isn’t good enough.
We need all players not good enough,
to move on somewhere else.
When this takes place maybe the team and club can move upwards.

BlueMachines added 21:21 - Jan 10
This moves raises major alarm bells about Paul Lambert and his team selection and decision making. It’s really concerning for me that Nsiala has been in the team recently but in a heartbeat is deemed fit to release. I get he is devoid of confidence etc but he should not have been in the team if that was the case! Best of luck Toto

ArnieM added 22:34 - Jan 10
So basically an element of Town “ fans “ have driven him away from this Club.

What a bunch of ignorant to$$a$ they are !

arc added 23:39 - Jan 10

Toto seems like such a nice guy, his story is great, and he tries his heart out, but it never seemed to go right for him after that completely unjust red card at the beginning of last season. I expect a new start is just what he needs, and I wish him all the best. That said, I don't think our club can move forward properly until all of the Hurst signings have gone—one way or another, none of them have worked out.

Good luck, Toto.

harlingblue added 01:34 - Jan 11
Toto has never had the best of luck at Town. He has tried hard in a constantly changed team, but in doing so has been impetuous in the tackle and it has cost him and also the team. He could become a hero at Bolton who along with former Town favourite Murphy are digging themselves out of a perilous plight.

BonchosBicycle added 03:32 - Jan 11
" Hes also been a bit unlucky with some refereeing decisions going against him unfairly"

The red against Sheffield Wednesday last year was one of the more ridiculous decisions I've ever seen. I don't think his physical presence helps him with refs but I think it's something that we need in both boxes and I'm sorry to see him go. I really want it to work out here for him and wouldn't be surprised if he causes us problems if we end up facing him. Good luck Toto.

TractorRoyNo1 added 08:16 - Jan 11
Nice bloke, good effort, very limited ability.

BettyBlue added 11:08 - Jan 11
other clubs buy lower league prospects and turn them into better players.
for the last ten years we've turned them all into duds.
what is lambert paid £1m pa for? making our players even worse?

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