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 players who didn't live up to expectation in the January transfer window. Here are five of the worst.
Big Sam Allardyce was known for signing world class players coming to the end of their careers. Okocha, Djorkaeff and Hierro are all prime examples. Unfortunately, former Spain, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid striker Javi Moreno didn't have the same impact. Loanee Moreno failed to score in eight games during the 2003/2004 season.
You've just sold Nicolas Anelka to Chelsea for £15 million. Who do you get to replace him? A 29 year old Polish striker called Grzegorz Rasiak. Arriving from then Championship side Southampton in 2008, Rasiak failed to score in seven games. One of Gary Megson's poorest signings.
Arriving from Portuguese giants Benfica on loan in January 2009, Ariza Makukula failed to make an impact at the Reebok. Makukula played six games for Bolton, scoring no goals. It's a good job Gary Megson decided against signing Makukula permanently for £4.5 million. He did however shove Nemanja Vidić to the ground once. At least that's something.
It's transfer deadline day 2012. After failing to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palce, Owen Coyle went into full panic mode and signed Watford and England U21 striker Marvin Sordell for £3.5 million. It turned out to be a step up too quickly for Sordell, who only managed three games during the 2011/2012 season as Wanderers were relegated from the Premier League. After inconsistent performances and a falling out with fans, Marvin Sordell left to join Burnley in 2014.
Steve De Ridder
Looking for players to help Wanderers' promotion push in 2013, Dougie Freedman signed Southampton winger Steve De Ridder on loan on transfer deadline day. After three non existent appearances, De Ridder returned to the South Coast a month after signing. Good De-Riddance.
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