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Dapo Afolyan plans talks with West Ham before deciding on Bolton return

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karlypants

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Dapo Afolayan wants a face-to-face with West Ham boss David Moyes before deciding whether to link up with Wanderers next season.

The Hammers winger has been a huge hit in his first few months at Bolton with Ian Evatt keen to bring him back on a permanent basis.

Afolayan will be out of contract at London Stadium this summer but has not completely given up hope of remaining with the Premier League club.

“I am not too sure yet. I need to sit down,” he told The Bolton News.

“I said to everyone that I would wait until the end of the season and help Bolton get promoted, re-assess my options, see what happens. I need to go back to West Ham and have a conversation with them but everything is on the table, it’s a case of seeing how it goes.”

Afolayan revealed that he could have been playing in the red of Crawley on Saturday had he followed John Yems’ wishes in the final week of the winter transfer window.

“Being at Bolton has been amazing for me,” he said. “But in the last few days leading up to the end of the window I had a few options. The Crawley manager called me up and told they had just beaten Bolton, they were better than Bolton.

“Then I spoke to the manager here and I believed what he was saying, I believed in how he wanted to play me. It has worked out for me, it couldn’t have gone any better. I have started 20 games, played in 21, and we’ve lost three of them. To finish off with promotion means everything to me.”

Though Afolayan was able to finish on a high, scoring in the 4-1 win at Crawley to ensure a top three finish for the Whites, he feels there is still plenty of scope for improvement in his game.

The 24-year-old regretted a sub-par display against Exeter City in the penultimate game but was delighted to bounce back in such spectacular form at the weekend.

“I am quite harsh on myself so when I don’t perform to the level I know I can I have a word with myself, speak to friends and family, and I feel like the performance, I owed it to the group,” he said. I let myself down last week and in a few of the games before.

“I think I started well but have dipped and I owed it to the lads and the fans to do more, especially with the goal because I have missed a few.

“If that was my last game then I wanted to make sure I have contributed to the group and to the fans.”

Afolayan also looked back at the win at Morecambe a few weeks ago as an important yardstick in his time at Bolton.

After picking up a harsh booking in a heated game and with the opposition down to 10 men, the winger was subbed at half time to remove risk of him being handed a second booking.

Evatt admitted at the time that Afolayan had been “upset” by the decision – but he is now looking at the whole experience with a different eye.

“It has been a good learning curve for me,” he said. “It’s the first time I have been involved in a real winning team for a while and as a young player you don’t get it often. Some people go whole careers without getting a promotion.

“Being one of the main parts of the team, managing things differently as people start noticing my performances.

“In the Morecambe game I don’t think I deserved to get booked but the manager took me off and it is a learning curve. They won the game and I was happy for the boys but also a little bit disappointed I couldn’t contribute more to it.”

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