Nothing ever seems straight forward at Bolton Wanderers and the last two weeks have been no different. From reports of player strikes to public disagreements on the internet, the last fortnight has seen the focus switch from a wonderful world cup to our beloved Bolton Wanderers.
A few fans have express their concerns on the size of the Wanderers playing squad and it is understandable, at the time of writing we arguably don’t have enough senior players to fill a teamsheet and that includes the recent signing of Pawel Olkowski this week. I must admit despite the worry of fans, I don’t share this apprehension and here’s why.
Firstly, a World Cup will always delay transfer activity. Now I’m not suggestion for even a second that Bolton Wanderers are shopping wholly in that market (although I’m sure theres interest in one or two), but the whole event will have a knock-on effect on the market. Whether it be clubs wanting replacements or cover and that can’t be sorted until after or agents and representation busy networking at football’s biggest event.
An example of that can be seen whilst I’m writing, Liverpool have now had a bid accepted for Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Allison. This is a player they showed interest in before the World Cup and now, less than a week after the final, the deal appears to be over the line, subject to a medical. Roma appear more open to the transfer as Barcelona’s Jesper Cillesen appears to be available. In preperation for this transfer, Liverpool had moved Adam Bogdan on loan to Hibernian.
Secondly, I’m of the opinion that the transfer market is about to boom. The early deadline for the Premier League will have a knock on effect throughout the pyramid and I would expect to see quite a lot of movement. I also highly rate our ownership’s ability to work in tighter spaces in the transfer market and trust that anyone we bring in hurridly will be able to contribute to the team as they have done countless over the last couple of years.
Looking at the business we have done though, I am reasonably pleased. I think we have upgraded on what we had before. I’m particulary excited to see Erhun Oztumer and given what I have seen previously, I think we have dug up a little gem there. I’m also pleased to see Clayton Donaldson, a player I’ve always admired, come to Bolton.
A slight dissapointment for me is the departure of Filipe Morais, a player I think had a lot to offer over a long Championship campaign. I think Morais has been a victim of our preferred system and the success last season of wing-back Mark Little. I’ve always thought of Morais as an old-fashion Number 7, hitting the byline and doing damage with his exceptional delivery. He was unforunately for him, shoe-horned into a wing-back role or a central midfield one, too often. Best of luck for the future Fil!