Since Christian Doidge’s move to Bolton fell through in January, Wanderers have been rather shortchanged in attack. With only Josh Magennis and Clayton Donaldson to choose from, it’s safe to say Phil Parkinson has been somewhat short of options.
Therefore, it’s more than understandable that Parkinson is looking to add Emnes to the ranks.
However, the former Boro striker has seen his fortunes flounder since leaving Teesside in 2014.
Emnes’s career to date
Upon leaving Middlesbrough, Emnes joined Swansea and managed just four goals in 34 games for the Welsh side.
In 2016, Owen Coyle – who had chased Emnes during his time managing Bolton – signed the striker for Blackburn. Despite signing Emnes, Blackburn were relegated to League One at the end of the 2016/17 season.
Emnes meanwhile, was on the move again, this time to Turkey’s Akhisar Belediyespor. However, the Dutchman only recorded a handful of appearances for the Turkish side before moving to the MLS in 2018.
However, during his time with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Emnes failed to make a single competitive appearance.
Hardly the greatest track record over the past few years.
Should Bolton sign Marvin Emnes?
Well, with only two recognised first team strikers, an extra attacking option will always be welcome.
However, it would be wise for Parkinson to avoid the making the same mistakes he’s made already in the free-transfer market.
Remember Chinedu Obasi? No? Well that’s hardly surprising as the Nigerian striker never made an appearance for Bolton after signing on a free at the start of 2018.
✍ Bolton Wanderers are pleased to confirm the signing of Chinedu Obasi on a short-term deal until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.
— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) March 3, 2018
How about Stephen Ireland? A name many more are familiar with, but again he never played for the Trotters. When he signed in the summer, the midfielder looked like a bit of a coup for Bolton. But, Ireland had been struggling with injuries for several years and left Bolton after only a couple of months, without featuring in a single match.
Which brings us onto Marvin Emnes. The striker hasn’t played a competitive match for well over a year. If Bolton were to sign him, chances are it’d take the Dutchman several weeks to reach the level of fitness required for the Championship. And with Bolton needing every point they can to claw their way out of the relegation zone, Phil Parkinson can’t be wasting time.
Better options closer to home?
What’s surprising is the manager’s reluctance to use one of Bolton’s younger talents, Connor Hall.
The young striker has just turned 21 and has his whole career ahead of him. Surely giving Hall a chance makes more sense than signing another has-been on a free.
While Bolton are undoubtedly shortchanged up front, they can’t go rushing into signing the likes of Emnes, especially when there are talented home-grown players waiting in the wings.
I guess there’s no harm in Marvin Emnes coming in on trial but Parkinson must be absolutely certain the striker can add to the team.