Striker Adam Le Fondre, who currently plays for Cardiff City, will join Bolton Wanderers on loan from Friday, January 30th. Excuse me, you might say, does Lion of Vienna Suite possess a crystal ball? Yes, but that is not how we know this bit of information from the future. Confused? That is perfectly understandable.
Basically, Joe Mason is officially registered as on-loan at Bolton until January 30th, even though his loan deal was terminated last week. Therefore, Neil Lennon cannot register his new forward until the Mason deal is over. Got it?
Le Fondre is 28 years old and has a pretty good goal-scoring record at the four clubs he played for previous to Cardiff. As a youngster at Stockport County he scored 20 goals in 73 appearances. After that he went on loan to Rochdale and ended up playing 2 full seasons at the club. He was a monster in League Two, scoring 42 goals in 112 matches. Le Fondre then played two more seasons in League Two for Rotherham United (Wanderers' opponents on Tuesday evening). 58 goals in 105 matches was an impressive showing for the Stockport-born striker, and it earned him a move to Reading FC, and they certainly got their money's worth. Le Fondre scored 41 goals in 110 matches with the club, including 12 in 34 Premier League appearances in 2012-13.
Cardiff City were not as lucky as Reading in their investment. In 21 matches, the forward has only scored three goals. Let's hope Bolton get the player we saw score a hat trick against us for Reading last season, not the one that has barely been a factor for Cardiff this campaign.