We continue our look at potential summer transfer activity, with my thoughts on who I'd like to see Bolton Wanderers bring in to bolster the ranks.
At the time of writing, six senior players see their contracts expire at the end of next month. If Wanderers didn't renew any of those we'd be left with just nine first-team players next season - two of which are Chris Taylor and Jamie Proctor who couldn't even cut it in League One, and three of which are goalkeepers.
So for me it's pretty much imperative we keep all of them, but the most important based on this season's form is a toss-up between David Wheater and Filipe Morais. I think both are equally vital to secure for next season, big Wheats to continue his excellent partnership with Mark Beevers and Morais deserves a shot at The Championship following his assist-making exploits in recent months.
League One player
Can I say Billy Sharp? I'll say Billy Sharp. Sticking with the attacking threat theme, I think someone like Marcus Maddison, who has been transfer listed by Peterborough United as he's entered the final year of his career, would be a great addition. It'd be interesting how the attacking midfielder, who has notched up a league-high 17 assists as well as nine league goals, stepped up to The Championship and he has to be worth a gamble - depending on what he'd cost.
I read this morning that Michael Kightly has been released by Burnley, and I think he could be just what we're looking for in the wide areas. I know people will be clamouring for Sammy Ameobi but, let's be honest, he's rubbish. I think Kightly would be a much wiser choice, with more experience, more know-how and he's more reliable, and frankly a better player.
Premier League loanee
Obviously Tammy Abraham would be an absolute wonder signing, but his form this season will have teams pushing for promotion from The Championship and possibly even Premier League sides vying for his signature this summer.
It's hard to look beyond the Chelsea conveyor belt for potential loan signings though, of which I think the pick could be American central defender Matt Miazga, who's just spent a season at feeder club Vitesse Arnhem; 23-year-old right-back Todd Kane, who's also just spent a year in Holland with NEC Nijmegen and previously had loan spells at Blackburn Rovers, Bristol CIty and Nottingham Forest; or even exciting winger Lucas Piazon, who may realistically be beyond our resources.
Other options could be to look to Arsenal, who owe us a favour after stealing Rob Holing away from us last season. I previously mentioned Chris Willock in an article about our potential striker targets and think he could be an exciting loan signing, while another option could be 10-year-old defensive midfielder / centre-back Krystian Bielik, who played 11 games on loan at Birmingham City this season.
Time Machine signing
We need a goalscorer big time, so I would go with the legend that is John McGinlay. The striker scored 87 of his 137 career league goals at Bolton and in total racked up 118 goals for the club. He was a vital part of the side that went on epic FA Cup runs in the 1990s and probably the most archetypal poacher-type goalscorer I can remember in my time supporting Bolton. How we could do with him in his prime now...