Nigeria legend, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, has insisted that he didn’t do his research before joining Bolton Wanderers from Paris Saint-Germain in 2002.
Okocha shocked many football fans when he left French Ligue 1 giants PSG for Bolton in the Premier League 19 years agone.
Though PSG was not a top social club and so when Okocha left, it was still a surprise to consider the former Super Eagles captain leave of absence for Bolton, who were battling relegation in the Premier League and so.
But Okocha has at present revealed he did not know Bolton’s status in the Premier League before signing, adding that it took him a lot of time before he settled in the social club.
“Good, I will say that it’s obvious I didn’t do my research before signing for Bolton,” Okocha told Ally McCoist and Gabriel Agbonlahor on their Talksport breakfast demonstrate.
“But as a football individual, you know football comes foremost, not the metropolis, not the lifestyle that comes with the City.”
“But one thing was clear, the grooming ground was different. The attitudes towards the games were different.
“And I also think the mentality, you know the football style was hard.”
Okocha added, “It took me a patch to really understand what Sam’s philosophy was.”
But despite his early struggles at Bolton, Okocha went on to earn a legendary status at the social club.
The former midfield maestro helped Bolton to avoid relegation in his foremost flavour, winning the goal of the flavour.
He was also made the captain in his moment flavour, and as a captain, he led Bolton to a league loving cup final in 2004, where they lost to Middlesbrough.
Okocha eventually made 144 appearances for Bolton, scoring 18 goals and providing 3 assists before leaving for Qatar in 2006.
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