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Five Right Backs Bolton Wanderers Could Sign

With Lewis Buxton out injured, who could Wanderers sign to fill the void?

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Last week, news emerged that former Everton midfielder Leon Osman had begun training with Bolton Wanderers in the hopes of earning a deal. In my opinion, despite now being 35, he would bring a wealth of experience and composure into our midfield, filling the gaps left by Darren Pratley and Mark Davies.

News also emerged that Lewis Buxton would be out injured for a few weeks, and that the club were considering to sign a replacement.

With only Tom's favourite, Lawrie Wilson, the only available senior right back, (For me, Josh Vela needs to stay in a midfield role if he is going to have a future here) Bolton could well do with some competition in the role.

So, if Bolton do decide to sign a right back, what options are out there?

Joey O'Brien

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The first player on the list is a familiar one to Wanderers fans. A product of Bolton's academy, Joey O'Brien broke into the first team back in 2005, before making seventy appearances for the club in an injury laden seven year spell. O'Brien was reunited with Big Sam when he left to join West Ham United in 2011. O'Brien is now a free agent after leaving the Hammers in the Summer.

Ryan Taylor

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Former Wigan Athletic, Newcastle United and Hull City full back Ryan Taylor is a free agent after leaving the Tigers in the Summer. Wanderers were linked with Taylor back in 2015, and despite a wealth of experience, he's now 32 and like O'Brien, comes with a long history of injury problems.

Tony Hibbert

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With Leon Osman already training with the club, it's easy to assume Bolton could be considering a move for his former Everton teammate Tony Hibbert as well. Now 35, Hibbert left Everton in the Summer after making more than 300 appearances in a sixteen year spell.

Jordan Spence

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26 year old Jordan Spence is another option. The former West Ham United, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons full back is a free agent after leaving Dons in the Summer.

Reece Wabara

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The final option is former Manchester City and Wigan Athletic full back Reece Wabara. The 24 year old played nineteen times for Wigan last season, helping the Latics win the League One title. Wabara was also named in the League One PFA team of the year last season.

Would you sign of these five players? Let us know in the comments box below.

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