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Forgotten Wanderers #1: Gael Kakuta

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In the first of a new series, Chris harks back to more simple times and reviews the Bolton careers of some of our forgotten stinkers

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It's currently midnight and I'm watching RAW episode 300 - the Corporation has just slammed Stone Cold Steve Austin, and I cannot sleep for love nor money.

So naturally my brain turned to Bolton Wanderers and this fantastic website.

I know I haven't written much lately, what with the impending arrival of child #2, but hell, I enjoy this and am going to milk it for all it's worth.

So here we are with the first in a new series - Forgotten Wanderers.

This series is meant to celebrate the good, the bad and the ugly - but most of all the type of player that you would look back and say "shit, I forgot he ever played for us".

Episode One (the Phantom Menace), covers our ex-Chelsea loanee Gael Kakuta, who today moved for £5m from Spanish side Sevilla to Chinese Super League contenders Hebei China Fortune.

On the same day that we paid £4m to Liverpool for former Paris Saint Germain striker ('striker') David Ngog, Bolton loaned French winger Kakuta from Chelsea. That date, forever etched in our minds, was 31st August 2011.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle, fresh from the success of loaning Daniel Sturridge (12 games, 8 goals), believed that he could get the best from Kakuta who had struggled to make an impact at Chelsea following his move from Lens in 2007 - a deal that earned the London side a £780,000 fine from FIFA for their improper behaviour in the transfer.

Loans at Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse, Lazio and Rayo Vallecano all proved unsuccessful, before a move to Sevilla in 2015 upon the expiry of his original Chelsea contract.

A tricky winger, Kakuta joined Bolton at a time when the team was, frankly, struggling.

It has been argued that Sturridge's goals only prolonged Wanderers' time in the top flight, and that was proven true the year after when a Sturridge-less team floundered in the Premier League and would eventually be relegated.

So with Kakuta's move to China now sealed, where no doubt he's earning really well - he deserves his place in the hall of ignominy as the initial entrant in the Bolton Wanderers Hall of Shame, populated by forgotten Wanderers throughout the generations.