McGinlay wrote in his column for the Bolton News: "It’s too early to say we’ve wasted money on him because let’s face it, he’s 21 and has a lot more football in front of him. But you do wonder whether we were rushed into the buy on January 31 for some reason.
"Sometimes players come along at what you feel is a reasonable price and you are forced into action. Other clubs were involved at the time and maybe Owen thought if he didn’t act, he would miss out.
"Whether he’s the answer to our prayers is a different matter. Like most Wanderers fans, all I have seen of him was a few England Under-21 games and the odd appearance on the television for Watford. It’s hard to pick out players like that unless they have an absolute barnstormer – so he’s still an unknown quantity for me."