As many of you will already know, today Bolton announced the signing of former Bayern Munich and Sunderland player, Jan Kirchhoff. It had been strongly rumoured throughout this week he would join the Whites and has now signed a short-term deal until the end of the season.
The big German watched us win 1-0 against his former employers, Sunderland, on Tuesday and said in his interview after signing that he was happy to join the club and looking forward to being back in football.
Kirchhoff began his career with Mainz in Germany and his good form there earned him a move to Bayern Munich in 2013 where he made 12 appearances in total, spending the 2014/15 season on loan at Schalke. He then joined Sunderland in 2015 where injuries hampered his progress though he is remembered fondly in the North-East, impressing whenever he did play.
Kirchhoff, now 27, admitted in his interview that he had to prove his fitness to Phil Parkinson before agreeing to join Wanderers and was very complimentary towards the club, stating it certainly deserved to be playing the Championship or possible the Premier League.
Personally, I am all for this signing and have been since the rumours first started circulating early this week. Kirchhoff is a player who has migrated from centre-half to defensive midfield, a position we know Parky likes to be well-stocked in, and really impressed me in the Premier League during his first season at Sunderland. If he is fit, I back him to be a success. Frankly, at his age it is his last chance to prove he can compete at a high level and if he does that he could well keep us up.
I am feeling positive but what do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.