In light of the most recent episode of Bolton Wanderers’ off the field difficulties regarding registration issues, it appears that one of the three players caught up in it all, Remi Matthews, will not join Bolton on a permanent free transfer as initially planned following his loan spell which was supposedly a loan-to-buy deal.
The embargo, preventing Wanderers from making any additions to their squad without permission from the EFL has also meant that Christian Doidge and Gary O’Neil are both also ineligible for the club until said ‘football creditor/s’ are paid including this weekend’s cup clash with Walsall.
Whilst Doidge and O’Neil’s future’s hang in the balance, it seems more certain following the release of ITV Anglia’s Jack Reeve’s twitter report that ‘there is a high chance he will return to #NCFC at the end of the month’.
My understanding is that it is likely Remi Matthews WON'T become a Bolton player on a free transfer this January like initially thought. There is a high chance he will return to #NCFC at the end of the month due to the #BWFC transfer embargo.— Jack Reeve (@JackReeveTNC) January 4, 2019
Whether Wanderers have opted against battling to regain Matthews’ signature is unclear but what is clear is that neither Matthews nor the other two will be available for selection on Saturday whilst Remi could well have made his last appearance in a Bolton shirt.
Matthews has been Ben Alnwick’s closest and really, only proper competitor for the number one spot on the team sheet and is a shame considering that Remi had every chance of superseding Alnwick at some stage before the end of the season, particularly given the chances Parkinson has handed him in cup fixtures and almost certainly would've on this occasion too.
The in-house competitiveness of goalkeepers at a football club avoids complacency and to lose any real rivalry for the position for the current favourite could prove costly but whilst we’re short of backup and not exactly in a position to become complacent, lets hope Alnwick will continue to professionally look to earn his place in training each week rather and that he wont get injured otherwise we really could be in a pickle, more so than we already are...