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Wanderers showing ambition through transfer links

Michael Steele

For the last few years, we've heard from fans about the apparent lack of ambition from Bolton Wanderers in recent transfer dealings. A lot of these sentiments have come from the lack of big name signings that Bolton have made in recent seasons. The straw that broke the camel's back though really came today when a number of Bolton fans on various social media channels were upset by the Medo transfer news simply because they had not heard of the player.

For one reason or another, Bolton have not been able to make really heavy dips into the transfer market in recent seasons. The main one of those being that the Trotters have simply not had cash to spend for players that fans have "heard of." Usually when they say they want players with previous knowledge, it means someone with either Premier League experience (which usually means the added-on British Hype Tax) or someone that's done well on a visible stage such as the Champions League.

Guess what? There is just about no way Bolton Wanderers can afford that.

This is why the potential transfer of Medo (Mohamed Kamara) to Bolton from Partizan is so exciting. He's very much an unknown quantity to Bolton fans but one that would come at a minimal risk price tag. A 25-year-old with Champions League experience for a fee of less than £500,000 (in fact, much closer to half that), how can you really lose?

Of course, this being Bolton Wanderers, some fans are never happy. As the old joke goes, they would grumble about Messi because he isn't proven in England or some other silly reason. They call it a lack of ambition.

What's more ambitious than taking a risk on a relatively unknown quantity that could very well come good for you? After all, how many of these fans had heard of Chung-Yong Lee or Stu Holden before that? Throughout the history of Bolton Wanderers and especially in the last 20 years, some of the most famous names to walk through the halls of Burnden Park and the Reebok Stadium had been risks much along the same lines as Medo.

Jussi Jaaskelainen, Stelios Giannakopoulos, Gudni Bergsson, Ivan Campo, Holden, and Chungy among others were all products of similar plans. Would you say any of them lacked ambition?