Michael Appleton believes Zack Elbouzedi will benefit from playing in a pressurised environment at Bolton Wanderers.

The Lincoln City winger has signed up with the League Two Trotters on loan for the remainder of the season in a quote to protect routine first-team football, which he has actually discovered hard to come by at Lincoln this season.

Elbouzedi was thrown directly into manager Ian Evatt’s starting line-up for Saturday’s house clash with Cheltenham Town, who consisted of previous Imps midfielder Ellis Chapman in their side.

Elbouzedi was replaced after 62 minutes as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Bolton are 17th in the table however offered the expectation levels surrounding the former Premier League club, they will be anticipated to install a play-off challenge over the 2nd half of the season.

On his message to Elbouzedi for his loan spell, Imps employer Appleton stated: “Get video game time. Zack’s our player, he’s had a couple of chances in the Papa John’s [Trophy] and has succeeded.

” He needs to do that on a consistent basis against decent opposition. He’ll get the chance to do that at Bolton.

” He’ll go into a side that’s anticipated to beat groups, since of the size of the club, despite where they remain in the table.

” The expectations on him, as part of that team, will benefit him and ideally he’ll come back at completion of the season with some goals and assists, then provide himself the very best chance to try and force his method into the group here.”