The French-born, Malian international has been on trial from Bristol City for just over week now, and Owen Coyle is expected to make the decision to offer him a deal (or not) after the Falkirk friendly tomorrow. Cisse has completed 90 minutes between the 2 preseason matches already played in Bolton's Scottish tour. It's rumoured that Charlton Athletic are also in for the big defensive midfielder if Bolton decides to decline.
Owen Coyle said today on the subject:
"Kalifa has been a good player but the judgement will be, is he any better than the ones we have got? Coming into the Falkirk game I'll talk with him and tell him exactly what my thoughts are, where he fits in or where he doesn't. But right now I think we'll take the opportunity of another couple of training sessions and the Falkirk game before we decide."
He will presumably get another 45 minutes to prove himself tomorrow evening. While he can play central defender, both times he's gotten a run out Coyle has deployed him as a defensive midfielder. There's a lot of competition in this area, including Darren Pratley, Keith Andrews, and Mark Davies. However, it was a big problem position last year, in spite of the plethora of options, so it would not be surprising if Coyle wanted to bring in more fresh blood. It also is not a bad idea to have more back up for the central defense.
It's difficult to judge Cisse due to the limited footage I've seen from him, but given that Coyle does plan on "changing the system" as far as I'm concerned, new blood cannot be a bad thing. Would you keep Cisse on?