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Opinion: Why Bolton Wanderers Should Give Ben Amos Another Go

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If Gary can, anyone can

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So we are at the point of the summer when we 'welcome' back our loaned-out superstars, therefore it's time to open our arms and give a huge hug to the likes of Jamie Proctor, Chris Taylor and, of course, to ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos who spent last season on loan at Cardiff City.

Amos was more or less booted out of the club with the excuse given as being unsustainable wages - fair enough. He failed to shine at Cardiff, despite being first choice for the majority of the early part of their Championship season. So it comes as little surprise to hear that there is no interest from the Bluebirds in making the deal permanent.

So what to do with him?

Wages, rumoured at £16,000 per week, are undoubtedly a huge problem in this new era of austerity that surrounds the club. Ken Anderson has tightened the club's belt significantly. If we had a desire to sell, would someone come in for him and pay this sort of money? Unlikely, in my opinion.

Therefore I am proposing something entirely radical - that we give him another chance. It's easy to point to the likes of Gary Madine and Dorian Dervite who both had reasonable League One seasons and claim a miraculous resurrection in the eyes of Bolton fans. Who is to say that Ben Amos couldn't pull off something similar?

In terms of competition, I think most would agree that he is a better goalkeeper than Mark Howard and Ben Alnwick. He certainly has more experience at this level than either of last year's keepers. I fully accept that he had a shaky period before his loan to Cardiff, but considering the team, the defence and the manager that was in front of him, I'd expect most Bolton Wanderers keepers to be busy.

Whilst fans are all too quick to anoint Dervite as the new Cannavaro based on nine good games in three years, fans are too quick to forget the excellent performances that Amos gave during his loan spell from United.

He came in for Adam Bogdan and was so good that fans were demanding his permanent signing - I would challenge anyone to deny that giving him a long-term deal based upon his form at the time was a poor move from the club.

The final issue would be around whether or not we can afford to improve that position without utilising Amos.

We barely have a pot to piss in, that much is obvious from a lack of 'signings' thus far. With great fanfare being given to the likes of David Wheater, Madine and Dervite signing on reduced terms, it seems that Parkinson is still having to look within for reinforcements. This transfer embargo isn't going anywhere fast, at least from my viewpoint.

So going forward I think we have to choose between two options:

1 - We give Ben Amos another crack and see what happens.

2 - We sideline Ben Amos in the hope that another club agrees to pay his wages.

Where do you stand on the debate?