Bolton Wanderers escaped relegation in dramatic fashion last season, two late goals sunk Burton Albion and Barnsley and they won’t want a repeat of that this season. Phil Parkinson is working hard on new deals but it’s not been an easy summer so far.
Reliable journalist Alan Nixon tweeted some news this morning regarding Bolton. They want seven new players in and most Bolton, and indeed football fans who watched Wanderers last season will know the squad needs some work. Some key players have already departed and the squad was small before that. New players aren’t exactly flooding through the door but they have signed Polish free agent Pawel Olkowski.
The news that Bolton now want seven new faces will be music to the ears of the Bolton fans who’s goal will be to consolidate this season, just higher up the league. It’s been a tough few years and the news a recent friendly was called off due to the players not receiving wages at the start of pre-season wasn’t the news that everybody at the club needed to hear. In fact, Bolton fans will tell you they maybe need more than seven players to avoid a repeat of last season.
Since arriving at the club manager Phil Parkinson has worked wonders in the transfer market with no money. Free transfers and selling players are the remit and even then signing players on free’s aren’t always likely to happen. The loan market has been heavily utilised and will continue to be in most probability, Parkinson won’t be phased if he has to bring in four or five loans to boost his squad.
If Bolton can hit mid-table this season it would be a good achievement, and that’s not patronising at all, the club has been through a horrible spell on and off the pitch and just need stability.