On-loan Liverpool youngster Owen Beck finally made his first League One start for Bolton Wanderers this afternoon.
Beck, who cut short a loan love to Famalicao in Portugal to join Bolton, played 80 minutes of the 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town today.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, it wasn’t a bad full debut for the 20-year-old. Although they concede that he ‘struggled at times defensively,’ he is said to have ‘grown in influence and confidence’ during the second half.
Beck reportedly could have even scored. However, the Welshman fired the ‘glorious’ chance wide of goal.
All of this amounted to a score of 6.5 out of ten for the Liverpool youngster. An encouraging start. But having now forced his way into the team, Beck will be aiming to do even better in the coming weeks.
Beck gets his foot in the door
It has been a frustrating season so far for Ian Rush’s great nephew. Beck joined Bolton when the season had already started and has taken his time to build match fitness.
His time in Lancashire so far has been in complete contrast to that of his Liverpool clubmate Conor Bradley.
Bradley has been one of the standout players for Bolton this season. The 19-year-old was even on the scoresheet again today – his fourth goal of the season.
Bolton fans – and Liverpool onlookers – will hope that Beck can begin to assert a similar influence.
When given the chance in the first team last season, he perhaps even looked a little more accomplished than Bradley.
The failed stint in Portugal has likely knocked his confidence a little. He needs to get back on the horse, though. There’s plenty of the season still to go and more than enough time to catch Liverpool’s attention.
Now that the first start is out of the way, hopefully he can kick on.
Well done, Owen.