January is an important month in the football calendar. The transfer window reopens, giving clubs the opportunity to strengthen their sides. Whether they're looking for the person to save them from relegation or to push them to glory, that one signing could prove to be the deciding factor at the end of the season.
Over the years, Bolton Wanderers have signed some vital players in the January transfer window, so here are five of the best.
Germany international striker Fredi Bobic joined Bolton way back in January 2002, on loan from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. Then 30, Bobic scored four goals in sixteen games, including a hat trick against Ipswich Town, to save Wanderers from relegation.
When Gary Megson was flushed with cash during his spell as Bolton manager, he made some questionable signings. He also made some great ones, with Gary Cahill being one of them. Then 22, Cahill signed for £5 million from Aston Villa. In four years at the Reebok, Cahill became a fans favourite, scoring fifteen goals in 147 games. In January 2012, Gary Cahill left to join Chelsea for £7 million.
Somewhat unknown to the majority of Bolton fans, Stuart Holden arrived from MLS side Houston Dynamo and was one of Owen Coyle's first signings in January 2010. Holden would become a key player for Wanderers in 2010/2011 season, helping Bolton reach the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup. Holden also scored a fantastic late winner against Blackburn Rovers before seeing his career ruined by that Manchester United player.
After losing out to West Brom for Carlos Vela, Owen Coyle signed Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge on loan instead. Now playing for Liverpool, Sturridge scored a winning goal on his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers, before going on to score eight goals in twelve games for Bolton.
Adam Le Fondre
With Wanderers losing fans favourite Lee Chung-Yong to Crystal Palace, Neil Lennon needed a goalscorer to ensure Bolton stayed in the Championship. Loanee Le Fondre scored eight goals in seventeen games, whilst also forging strong partnerships with Zach Clough and Eidur Gudjohnsen.
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