Holden hoping to shine for Trotters

Holden’s international commitments disrupted his Wanderers career

soon after his arrival at the Reebok Stadium in January, with a

fractured fibula he sustained while playing for the United States

ruling him out for more than two months. At that stage he had made

only two appearances for his new club, but Holden – who previously

played for the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer – returned to

the Bolton squad to face Birmingham on the last day of the season

before coming off the bench in the USA’s 1-1 draw against England

in South Africa. Now with the benefit of a World Cup campaign

behind him, the 25-year-old is aiming to show he can cut it in the

English top flight. “Coming in last season in January I had some

injuries but got a little bit of a taste of the Premier League

games,” Holden said. “It’s really nice to have the World Cup under

my belt, have had a little break and now to come back feeling fully

healthy into a side that is looking to push on and do better than

last year. “I started in the MLS, made a name for myself there and

then broke on to the international scene. “I think now, having

played in the Premier League a little bit last year, I really want

to make an impact this year to show that I can play at this level

week in week out. “First and foremost it’s my job to help my team

win, so if I can provide some crosses, some goals and that

workmanlike ethic that I pride myself on then I can help this team

really compete and I will be happy with that.” Holden revealed that

he had decided to return to training with Bolton earlier than

required as he was so eager to get into the swing of pre-season.

“Having taken a little bit of a break after the World Cup I found

myself raring to get back into it,” he said. “The manager gave me

two options of when to come back and I chose the earlier date. “I

met up with them in the United States (where the squad was on tour)

because I really wanted to get back into it with the guys and build

on that momentum from the World Cup. “Those experiences really had

me chomping at the bit to get back and to start this Premier League

season well.”