It was widely reported yesterday that Wanderers transfer target Anthony Stokes had rejected Bolton’s advances in favour of a move to Turkish side Adana Demirspor.
Now, while it’s pleasing to see Bolton being linked with transfers again, especially showing a bit of ambition by going after the former Celtic striker, the club has to step up the recruitment drive, and quickly, after missing out on the Irishman.
As we all know at this point, Bolton currently have 13 players on their books with just a handful of those earning first-team experience last season, the others being third-year scholars in the youth setup.
With just 18 days to go, at the time of writing, until the season starts it’s getting ever more important that Bolton and their prospective owners get their act together.
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Slow takeover taking its toll
It is understood, according to the Bolton News, that Bolton’s ongoing takeover situation is putting paid to the signing of new players as Bolton won’t offer any contracts until the Football Ventures takeover is signed, sealed and delivered.
That’s understandable based on the position the club finds itself in but Bolton Wanderers are in dire need of some new players.
We’ve tried to remain as patient and as calm as possible about the status of the takeover deal. Worrying about it won’t make it happen any quicker.
However, reports that Bolton missed out on a potential transfer target because the takeover is still up in the air is concerning to say the very least, although it is unclear just how vigorously Bolton pursued the Turkey-bound striker.
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What can Bolton do?
Well, all Wanderers can realistically do at this stage is to make much better use of their youth players than they have done in recent years.
With only six senior players left in the squad, Bolton have to put far more emphasis on their upcoming youngsters in order to fill out what’s left of the meagre squad.
This upcoming season was never going to be a walk in the park, how can it have been after falling into administration, but with the state of things at the minute it could be another troublesome slog for us to endure.
At least we still have a club to support and once the takeover is finally completed at long last, we should hopefully see a degree of much-needed stability return to Bolton Wanderers.