LANCASTER, England – FEBRUARY 13: Nick Land of Bolton United celebrates scoring against Preston North End at Bolton’s Tynecastle Stadium on February 13, 2018 in Lancashire, England.
(Photo by John Peters/Getty Images) Nick Land (Bolton) of Boltons debut against Preston at Tynecourt Stadium in Lancs, England on February 11, 2018.
Nick Land scored the opening goal of the match and added the second for the visitors to set up a 3-1 victory against Preston in the Capital One Cup quarter-final.
(BOLTON: James Smith/Getty) Nickland was brought in for the first time against Preston on February 10 with goalkeeper Jordan Lumsden having returned from injury.
He was named in the Bolton squad that played in the League One play-offs and scored two goals in the Round of 16 against Brentford and was the club’s leading scorer with three goals.
He was also a key player for the Bolts in the quarter-finals, with the striker scoring two goals and assisting two.
His debut was also the last time he appeared in a league game and was replaced by the club player of the year, Nicki Paterson.
Lumsden suffered a groin injury in the second half and missed the next three games with the injury.
He was also rested for the League Cup defeat by Preston.
Nick Land scored in the first half against Preston, including a late equaliser, in the third round of the play-off series with Brentford.
On February 14, he played the full 90 minutes for the Reds against Preston again, but this time it was his debut in the league, as Bolton were eliminated in the play offs quarter-finals.
“I am very proud of my debut against Brentfield, and it is really nice to play in that position,” said Nick Land.
Land has made just six Premier League appearances this season.
He has been loaned out to the Championship side Derby County, but the club is still waiting to hear back from him before deciding whether to take him on permanently.
Bolts Head Coach Paul Lambert was not too keen on Nick Land being sent on loan, saying: “We have been very careful with our squad this season, but I think it is very important that Nick has been here.
We’ve seen what he can bring to the table, and we’ve been able to make a few signings, so I am not too worried about that.”
He is a really good player, a good kid, who we are sure will come back strong.
Hopefully we will have him back soon.