Every LOV writer has been set the task of coming up with their summer shopping list. Five players who they'd want to bring to Bolton Wanderers.
Each writer is allowed one contract renewal, a League One player, a Championship veteran, a loanee from the Premier League, and a former Wanderers player picked up from LoV’s very own time machine.
So, here's my list.
1) Contract Renewal
Many of Wanderers' best performers from last season find themselves out of contract. You could make a case for any of the players, but I'm going to say David Wheater. The Player of the Year is surely going to get a new deal. It would be madness to break up the best defence from League One. I'm sure Big Wheats can still be Championship quality. It's clear to see Wheater wants to stay, so it doesn't even seem up for debate that he'll sign a new deal.
2) League One player
Wanderers faced plenty of quality players in League One last season. When a player is great, there's normally a transfer fee involved. Paying fee isn't really realistic for Bolton at the moment, so i'm only taking players with expiring contracts into consideration. That being said, that doesn't mean a drop in quality. From the striking talents of David Ball and Lyle Taylor to the tricky pace of Fred Onyedinma, Wanderers have plenty of options. I'm going with Amari'i Bell, the 23 year old left back from Fleetwood Town. Although, with interest from Premier League sides, he might just be a tad unrealistic for Wanderers.
3) Championship Veteran
Going down the free agent route again, I'm going to say Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham. The Bluebirds legend has scored 96 in 457 games in a ten year spell in the Welsh capital. With his time at Cardiff seemingly coming to an end, Whittingham could be a very shrewd free agent signing. At 32, Whittingham has plenty of Championship experience, as well as experience of what it takes to gain promotion to the Premier League.
4) Premier League Loanee
I could say one of the many talented youngsters Chelsea have to offer, like Kasey Palmer, Izzy Brown or Tammy Abraham. However, there may be Premier League opportunities for those three after strong Championship campaigns for Huddersfield Town and Bristol City respectively. I would have said boyhood Wanderers fan, West Ham United striker Ashley Fletcher. But Tom said him. With that in mind, I'm going to say Southampton's Sam Gallagher. The target man scored 12 times for a poor Blackburn Rovers side last season, so would be a welcome addition up front for Wanderers.
5) Time Machine signing
Eidur Gudjohnsen and Ricardo Vaz Te could actually be realistic options for Wanderers. Both are still playing (Eidur just about), and both are free agents.
But, we're looking at any former Wanderer in their prime. So you can't look beyond Jay-Jay Okocha. The Nigerian's flair and unrivaled talent would be a refreshing addition to The Macron now. Okocha was truly a cut above the rest in his four years at The Reebok.
Agree with my choices or would you have chosen other players? Let me know in the comments box below.