Former Bolton, West Ham and Wigan keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is backing Evo-Stik South side Loughborough Dynamo to be the springboard for his son William to follow in his footsteps.
The former Finnish international believes the 19-year-old is in the right place after seeing him make his Dynamo debut in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stamford at the Nanpantan Sports Ground after arriving on loan from League Two Crewe Alexander.
The 42-year-old, who will be keeping tabs on William’s progress this season from India, where he is embarking on a coaching career alongside Teddy Sheringham’s Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League, believes playing first team football in EVO-STIK League South is the next step for his son after playing for Bolton U23s last term.
The Trotters legend told the club’s official website: “This is a great opportunity for William to get some game time in senior football. Although he has played plenty of U23 games, he will learn a lot more at this level.
“Clubs now sign talented young goalkeepers to be third or fourth choice but as a goalkeeper the only way to develop is by playing regularly. I only came to England at 22, and started playing in the Premier League at 26, so at 19 William has plenty of time to develop.”