Another transfer window has come and gone for Bolton Wanderers and yet again there are plenty of talking points to discuss as February dawns.
Going into the January window, it was always unlikely that we’d see Bolton splash the cash.
If the club were to make any signings, chances are they would almost all be loans.
There were also questions about whether Bolton would have to sell any players to stay above the financial waterline but thankfully that didn’t prove to be the case.
However, Bolton’s financial troubles did see the club handed a registration embargo at the start of the month.
That meant loanees, Christian Doidge and Remi Matthews, couldn’t complete proposed permanent moves to the club. Furthermore, Gary O’Neil, whose short-term deal had expired, couldn’t re-sign for the club until the embargo was lifted.
Controversy was not far away in the case of Christian Doidge. After his initial loan deal had expired, his parent club, Forest Green Rovers, recalled the striker. Their chairman, Dale Vince, claimed that Bolton could not meet the terms of the deal agreed in August and the transfer fell through.
Losing Doidge left Bolton with only Josh Magennis and Clayton Donaldson as first-team strikers.
That meant manager Phil Parkinson had to focus on adding to his attack by the end of January. But would he be able to?
Almost two weeks after the registration embargo was placed on Bolton, the Trotters were finally able to re-sign two of the players who fell victim to the embargo.
Remi Matthews and Gary O’Neil re-signed for the club on January 18.
The news couldn’t have come at a better time for goalkeeper Matthews as Bolton’s first-choice stopper, Ben Alnwick had picked up an injury.
However, the removal of the embargo was not enough to bring Doidge back into the fold. The striker looks firmly set on staying with Forest Green Rovers for the foreseeable future.
The early surprise on deadline day came from not one, but two bids from Premier League clubs for Wanderers’ 17-year-old midfielder, Luca Connell.
The academy graduate has played only a handful of competitive games for Bolton. Therefore, the reported (Bolton News) interest from Brighton and Southampton looked to be rather premature.
Thankfully for Wanderers fans, that proved to be the case and interest in Connell died down.
Following the re-signing of Matthews and O’Neil, Bolton went quiet on the transfer front until deadline day.
It was reported early in the day by the Bolton News that Wanderers were hoping to sign Everton defender Callum Connolly on loan.
It looked likely. However, Everton would have to cut short Connolly’s prior loan at Wigan in order for the defender to make the switch.
Thankfully, the deal went through and Bolton made their first new signing of the transfer window.
Losing out on Doidge left Bolton in dire need of another striker. As the lowest scorers in the EFL, Bolton desperately needed a goalscorer.
It wouldn’t be until deadline day when the rumour mill finally exploded into life.
It was reported by the Bolton News that Wanderers were looking to take Sheffield United striker, Ched Evans, on loan.
With minutes left until the 11pm deadline, it appeared that Bolton would get their man.
However, a late hiccup meant that the deal fell through. That has left Bolton without the new striker they needed so badly.
The only real plus-point to take from this transfer window has to be the fact that Wanderers weren’t forced into selling their best players unlike previous years.
Despite that though, the transfer activity, or lack thereof, has left Bolton in a precarious position that could easily see them drop down into League One again next year.
What do you make of this transfer window, Wanderers fans?