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Why Bolton Wanderers Should Sell Andy Kellett

Wanderers fans grumbling - but are we right to moan?

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So, if rumour is to believed, Bolton Wanderers' Andy Kellett - formerly of Manchester United's under 21 side - is on the brink of leaving the Reebok to join fellow Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

Our friend Matt wrote a superb piece earlier today explaining his reasoning behind calling for manager Neil Lennon to keep the youngster at the club.

I have a slightly different approach to the argument.

Though I appreciate where Matt is coming from - indeed I've written and podcasted on the point recently, we, as Bolton fans, are far too romantic and sentimental a bunch when it comes to our academy products.

Neil Lennon has a very tough job on his hands - balancing the books has been perhaps his hardest task to date.

With this in mind, should we be so upset that he wants to cash in on someone who has, let's not forget, failed to nail down a first-team slot at the club despite making his debut almost 18 months ago.

If we could gain £300,000, say, from someone like Sheffield Wednesday then shouldn't Lennon be keen to go ahead with this to reinvest in areas that we truly need reinforcements?

We have Tim Ream and Dean Moxey who can do passable jobs at left back, and we have an abundance of midfielders to cover Kellett there.

I would love for us to fill a team with academy players, and Kellett's story is an interesting one - but at the end of the day it's the club that matters, and if selling someone like him is what is required then we're going to have to suck it up and do it.

It's a hard world, and a shit business, but that's the reality of our situation. It would be a shame to lose Kellett - or anyone from the academy for that matter, but are we really in any position to say no?