Ben Amos is reportedly undergoing talks with Welsh Championship side Cardiff City about a possible season long loan move to the Welsh capital. The former Manchester United goalkeeper was signed last summer on an expensive contract which still has three years left to run.
He was a player who initially looked like a solid investment who would develop into someone with resale value having impressed on loan at the end of the season before. After losing Adam Bogdan and Andrew Lonergan Amos was a welcome addition to the squad.
But a torrid time last season has cast doubt over this. This season he has been dropped to number 2 behind new signing Mark Howard who has so far impressed with solid performances between the sticks. Amos’ only appearance so far this season was away at Blackpool in the League Cup, a match Bolton Wanderers would go on to lose 4-2 in extra time.
I still feel like there is a good goalkeeper lurking inside Ben Amos but his form last season left a lot to be desired, all be it behind a terrible defence. Given the size of his contract there can be no doubt that off-loading his wage is of paramount importance even if it is only for this season.
If Amos were to leave though it would leave William Jaaskelainen as the only other goalkeeper in the squad as Howard’s back up. This would likely make it imperative that Phil Parkinson delves into the market and digs up an experienced number 2.