This season, Dougie Freedman has been no stranger to letting players go out on loan.
I’m sure Marvin Sordell would have been looking forward to a successful season in the colours of Bolton. However, after a positive looking pre-season, the striker was sent out on loan to fellow Championship strugglers Charlton Athletic. Unfortunately for Sordell, it hasn’t been the campaign that he would have hoped for. So far this season, he has managed 22 appearances for The Addicks, scoring quite a poor total of 3 goals. Twice in the league and once in the Capital One Cup.
Early on in the summer transfer window, the experienced Keith Andrews was loaned out to south coast club Brighton & Hove Albion for the season, presumably in search of regular first team action or to help lower our debt. The midfielder has featured 22 times in all competitions, scoring once in a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
The loaning out of 28 year old Craig Davies was quite a big shock. In the period where strikers were hard to come by for the Wanderers, Freedman loaned him out to League One outfit Preston North End. After 11 appearances without a goal for Bolton, Davies moved to Preston in search of regular first team football. In four appearances so far he has scored once, on his debut against Notts County. Davies will remain at Deepdale for the remainder of the season.
It was no surprise to see that Tom Eaves was sent out on loan. On 28th November 2013 he was lent to League One side Shrewsbury Town. Eaves has been a regular for the Shropshire based side featuring 14 times for the club. Despite being picked regularly, he has only scored twice, with both goals coming in the league. Prior to his return to Shrewsbury, where he spent the majority of last season, Eaves spent the first couple of months of the current season on loan at Rotherham United where he scored once in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against Hartlepool.
Last week, youngster Sanmi Odelusi was loaned out to MK Dons on an initial one month deal. He was used as a second half substitute away at Bradford City where he failed to make an impact as The Dons went home with nothing, losing by one goal to nil.
21 year old Irishman Cian Bolger has been loaned out twice this season. First to League One side Colchester United where he played 4 times keeping one clean sheet. Last week, Bolger signed for Southend United on a 28 day loan deal. He made his debut on Saturday against York City, where he helped the side claim a draw and a clean sheet.
Summer signing Conor Wilkinson has also been loaned out twice this season. His first loan spell was at Conference side Chester where he found the net once in 4 appearances. He is currently on loan at relegation threatened Torquay United where he has appeared once as a substitute.