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Opinion: Should Bolton Wanderers Re-Sign Sammy Ameobi?

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Sure? Not sure

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So according to this morning's BEN, Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson is doing his best to get the band back together.

Re-signing Gary Madine, David Wheater and Adam Le Fondre already, it appears that Parky has set his sights on last season's short-term loanee Sammy Ameobi as his latest signing.

Ameobi of course made a decent impact in League One, finding consistency - some would say for the first time in his career - and goals whilst playing on the right side of Bolton's attack. He was recalled to Newcastle United in January and saw out the rest of the season as a sub. His Toon contract is expected to be ended today.

So should Bolton Wanderers sign him? I'm not so sure.

Whilst he was clearly at home on that right flank, I wonder whether he was someone benefitting from playing at a lower level - he has Premier League experience, after all. A return of two goals in 20 games isn't earth-shattering, but he certainly made an impact with Wanderers fans who are always keen to drop their keks at the first sign of a step-over.

My concern lies with Ameobi's CV to date - he has represented Newcastle, Cardiff City and Middlesbrough - and made very little impact at any of these clubs. His time at Newcastle was predominantly in the Premier League, making 53 appearances and scoring twice between 2011 and 2014.

Loan spells at Cardiff and Middlesborough saw him experience the Championship, but a return of four goals in 45 games is perhaps testament to his inability to impose himself upon matches.

We all know about his playing style, which, I wonder, would invite more criticism in the hurly-burly of the Championship, but I can, at the same time, see how Parkinson might want to utilise Ameobi as an impact sub.

The question, as ever, is around need and around finance. We don't really have a great deal to spend, clearly, and would someone like Ameobi be the best use of funds? For me, if you want a creative midfielder, it would make more sense to chase someone like James Henry who at least can play in multiple positions - something that we know Ameobi cannot do.

I love a flair player as much as the next man, but I foresee next season being about digging in and playing in an attritional manner, and this doesn't lend itself, in my opinion, to Sammy Ameobi thriving.

I would argue that the impact of former Chelsea man Filipe Morais - on the same wing as Ameobi - would give the argument to re-signing him as opposed to Sammy. Then again, this bluster around Ameobi could just be to flush out Morais who, if rumour be believed, is holding out for a better deal than our one year offer holds.

So where do you stand on the issue?

Should we re-sign him?

Let us know in the comments box below.