See what I did there? Probably not, all the good work I write on here is habitually underappreciated and quite frankly under-read.
Away from my self-loathing, I am writing this morning in response to Chris’ post in typically contrary fashion in support of Ben Amos. The general consensus amongst the masses is that Amos should be shipped out once again before the beginning of the season, whether it be permanent or on loan and hopefully I can represent the masses with my take.
Let’s start by looking at Amos’ performances for Bolton. When signed on loan by Neil Lennon, Amos came in and did a credible job, he was part of a numerous signings by the Northern Irishman as part of his welcoming transfer kitty. Alongside other short-term signings Paddy McCarthy, Barry Bannan, Eidur Gudjohnson and Adam le Fondre, Bolton saw their fortunes upturn (no surprise when you see that list of players).
As Lennon tried to shape his squad he struggled to land the same calibre of player as the budget at Bolton began to squeeze. He did manage to land the Manchester United trainee Amos on a reported £18,000 per week contract which at the time seemed a lovely bit of business. Amos was installed as Bolton number one as Adam Bogdan got his crack at the big time at Liverpool.
The steady performances maintained for Amos although as Bolton struggled some weaknesses began to appear. His general all-round game was good but the problem was those long shots and as the season went on it became clear that teams were acutely aware of his weakness. The one that really sticks out in my mind was Ross McCormack’s long range free kick as Bolton surrendered a home win against Fulham.
Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of poor players in that team, some of them still with us and with more than a point to prove now we’re back in the Championship. I was proved wrong last year writing a similar piece about David Wheater and Amos may have the chance to do the same thing this season.
To do that he will have had to improve and from I can gather, the reviews from his loan club last season, Cardiff City, have been far from glowing. He has seen long periods out of the team and I could have used a host of tweets from Cardiff City fans in criticism of the goalkeeper but I want to keep this amiable.
Is Amos a victim of his reputation? He was highly rated whilst at that horrible lot down the road and let’s be fair, it can be difficult for a goalkeeper to make a mark in the game, their success depends heavily on contribution from others. He is also still relatively young for a goalkeeper and I’m sure he’s worked tremendously on the flaws in his game.
Let’s be honest though, we can’t afford to give anyone a second chance on that money. I wish Amos all the luck in the world and I genuinely hope he goes on to great things but let’s be sensible here, that’s serious money, especially when in my opinion Ben Alnwick has earnt a shot at Championship football at a fraction of the cost.
What do I know though, I said we shouldn’t re-sign Wheater …