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Rating Neil Lennon's Bolton Wanderers Signings

Guest Ryan Taylor rates each one in turn - and comes to some interesting conclusions

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Editor Comment - The latest in the series of fanposts by you, the readers, sees Ryan Taylor (not that one) go through each of Neil Lennon's Bolton signings and assigns them a rating. Agree? Disagree? That's what the comment box is for!

As everyone knows we at Bolton Wanderers haven't got a lot of money. This means that we have to heavily rely on loans and free agents.

Under Dougie Freedman some were successes, Craig Dawson and Lukas Jutkiewicz being two of the main ones that worked in Freedman's reign.

However a lot of them did not work for the Scotsman with players such as Owen Garvan, Steve De Ridder and Danny Butterfield having more of a negative effect on the team rather than a positive.

However Dougie has gone and Neil Lennon will have his first summer transfer window to bring in a much needed upheaval to the squad. He has got rid of a reported £5m from the wage bill with the players he has released and it is fair to say this could be the most important transfer window we have had in a long time.

To prepare for this I have graded all the Lennon signings so far to see what we can prepare ourselves for:


The club legend has come back and made an instant impact in his half a season at the club. He oozes class with the ball, rarely losing possession and seems to have the ball stuck to his feet at times. His goal ratio is decent scoring 6 since his return, but if his finishing was a bit sharper he would have more. For his age, 36, a fantastic season for the Icelandic.


Many fans, including myself, were very sceptical about Heskey when he joined thinking his best days are clearly behind him. However he has done quite well since his arrival and his debut goal against Blackburn made him loved amongst the Wanderers faithful. Will never be prolific but the amount of times he wins flick on headers and the hold up play he possesses is very good and shows the experience.


It took a while for Bolton fans to see the Portuguese man, who made a couple of unused sub appearances. His debut against Ipswich had fans salivating and comparing him to Chung Yong Lee and Mark Davies. However in the games since he faded into obscurity and didn't start after the Blackpool game. Didn't look physically ready for the Championship.


Only played for 45 mins in the 4-1 defeat to Derby and did nothing of note. Got injured on international duty for Bulgaria and wasn't available to play again.


Le Fondre is a striker I have always wanted to see at Bolton due to his ability to score goals so I was very happy when Neil Lennon convinced him to join. And he definitely delivered scoring 8 goals in 17 games. He knows how to put the ball in the net and reminds me of Ivan Klasnic in that respect but with a better work rate. Hopefully he can join for longer in the summer.


The Manchester United player was the one who used in the deal involving Andy Kellett going in the opposite direction and he had a perfect debut. He set up Eidur Gudjohsen and scored a rocket of a goal himself against Fulham. He didn't impress much after that but at 19 he shows great pace, although he is a better right midfielder than right back.


The biggest surprise for me was Amos. Signed after the injury to Bogdan after the Liverpool game at Anfield, the Man Utd player was only meant to be back up. However after Andy Lonergan sustained an injury against Forest Amos never looked back. He looked calm when collecting balls and his distribution was excellent. Hopefully we can persuade him back if Bogdan doesn't agree a new deal.


The Scot was used as part of the Chung Yong Lee deal to Crystal Palace and from then on he looked such a tidy player. His passing accuracy was brilliant and he always seemed to control our midfield. The incident involving him and Neil Danns was a blip but he is a class player who again would be welcomed back next year.


Scored on his debut against Derby and then had a nightmare of a game at left back against Forest. One for the future but needs to improve


Only played a few games but looked out of pace in the Championship, not featuring much during his spell and didn't impress when he did. Has been released by Sheffield Wednesday which shows his lack of quality at this level.


Had a solid game against Blackburn Rovers and looks to be a leader of the defence. However his pace is a problem and he is quite injury prone so shouldn't be one to look at in the summer.

So therefore, in conclusion, Neil Lennon's signings have been hit and missed, but he is known to find a bargain so hopefully we should have more success this summer.