The midfielder’s capture from Millwall on transfer deadline day was met with a degree of scepticism from the club’s fans – with the expectation having been on the club to strengthen in defence or attack.
But Trotter has his eyes on becoming a main man after his switch from South London, and that could be good news for the man who signed him, Dougie Freedman, who is under pressure after recent poor results.
The 25-year-old says the Whites boss was one of the major factors in him signing for the club, and he wants to repay that faith with goals “Bolton are one of the few clubs in this league that sells itself but I have seen what he has done at Palace, and here so far. He’s a young, up-and-coming manager,” he said.
“I know a few people who have played under him at Palace and so he was a factor in me wanting to sign.
“It’s a very big club that has been in the Premier League for the last few years, and I think that is where it deserves to be.
“I thought it was my best opportunity to get into the Premier League.
“The manager has told me how he wants me to play and where he wants me to play in the team. He sold me on that vision.
“It’s a new challenge and a new start for me.”
Trotter scored 25 goals in three and a half years at Millwall, helping them into the Championship with a play-off final victory over Swindon in 2010.
In an interview with the club’s YouTube channel, the ex-Ipswich trainee says he can also bring goals to a midfield that has sadly lacked in that area this season.
“I’m a big central midfielder and I’m looking to dominate a game and my opponent with my physical presence,” he said.
“I like to play, get on the ball, and want to chip in with a few goals. I want to get forward, so I’ll be hoping to do that from the off.”