Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has admitted that Bolton’s poor finances mean that he is being struggling in the transfer market.
The trotters boss also feels that his seen cannot really compete in the market given this summer’s influx of big money moves in the English second tier. Freedman told Sky Sports “There is a little bit of money in the pot but not the sort of money where we can go and spend £5million on a striker – other teams can. “That (McCormack fee), tells us a story and then even (Nottingham) Forest the other day (signing Britt Assombalonga). We’re not at that level, financially.”
The two deals Freedman eludes to were completed for £12 million and £5.5 rising to 8.5 million respectively and given Bolton’s debt upward of £150 million it is clear that the club are not in any position to match such lavish fees and yet, given that Bolton only have two first team strikers on the books, Freedman is still looking to strengthen; even if he has to be patient.
“We need three attacking options. Cash is king and when you haven’t got that you can’t dictate the market, therefore I have got to get dictated to, Freedman said, “I am very patient and it’s sometimes taken me to the wire in the past and hopefully they (the fans) understand. I’ll get the right ones. We work very hard behind the scenes putting together certain ideas to get the right type of players to fit in and when they do they will help us.”
Joe Mason looks set to bolster Bolton’s forward line with a loan return from Cardiff and this could show a signal in the right direction for Freedman’s men.
After a disappointing start to last season, in which they failed to win any of their first 10 games, Freedman was able to guide Bolton to a respectable yet underwhelming 14th placed finish and given that key players like Lee Chung Young have been linked away from the club it could be impossible for Freedman to hold on to them.
Bolton fans could be forgiven for having mixed emotions regarding the new season given that under Freedman’s leadership they did achieve a formidable 7th placed finish, just missing out on the Play Offs, only to follow that up with a campaign that saw The Trotters only win 14 times in 46 attempts.
Freedman needs to strengthen if he is to improve on that disappointing campaign but given the financial restraints Bolton fans may have to prepare for a frustrating season and at least a couple more years in the second tier before challenging for promotion again.