It was a busy day at Bolton Wanderers on Monday as the signings kept on being made. Here’s my opinion on all 9.
The Football Manc Cave have been monitoring Bolton all summer with their takeover news, and now that they have finally been bought. Their new owners have got the show on the road and new signings have been made.
Monday saw nine new players come into the club under Keith Hill and it’s got fans excited. I am going to give you a rundown on who they are and my opinion as a Bolton fan myself. But first, jokes aside that some fans have been making, I just want to say that a week ago, we were in the worst state possible and we were threatened as a club. I’m so glad that we have survived and it’s nice to finally have something to shout about, AND to be able to actually talk about football again instead of ‘what deadline have the EFL given us now?’
So here goes…
The first signing to be made yesterday was Thibaud Verlinden. He has joined the club on loan from Stoke City. He’s a highly-rated 20-year-old winger. When Bolton fans asked about him, Stoke fans were the first to say that we had made a great signing because he should have been in their first team according to some. I think he will be dangerous and will make a big impact during his time with us.
Liam Bridcutt became the next addition. The midfielder has joined Bolton from Nottingham Forest on loan up until January. He started his career at Chelsea and has had loan spells with Yeovil, Watford and Stockport. He’s also enjoyed his time at Brighton, Leeds and Sunderland so he’s definitely got the experience. A Brighton fan told the eager Trotters fans that we had gotten ourselves an unbelievable player who had a great run at other clubs, which saw him be a contender for man of the match 9/10 times. I can’t wait to see him in action.
Will Buckley became the next man on the list. Like most Bolton fans, I think he has been quite poor for us in the past and this wasn’t the news that most were hoping for. However, I’m still in that mindset of ‘we’re lucky to be a club’ so I’ll take whatever we can get. Also, now that we have a new manager with a different mindset, maybe he will perform better.
Jake Wright was added to the squad to add some strength at the back. The defender has League one experience which we need as he helped Sheffield United win league one. The defence is something we need urgently so I’m happy with this. He’s perfect for league one level.
Signings galore for Bolton
Another midfielder, this time from Doncaster, Ali Crawford was next to be announced. He’s also known for scoring a few goals which are something that would be massively appreciated by fans. Let’s hope he can have a good spell with us as he’s here until the end of the season.
Chris O’Grady was the next man that Keith Hill managed to get the signature of. He left Oldham to join us until the end of this campaign. I’m going to say it again, at least we have made a signing, however, a lot of fans were quick to react to this news with the typical banter. Most say this was just a joke until the next new signing. Let’s give him a chance though, like I said, new manager, new mindset.
Full-back Josh Emmanuel was next to sign until the end of the season. The 22-year-old has been brought in to help us out at the back and I’m happy with this. We definitely need to start by sorting our defence out so we can stop conceding as many goals and then eventually start scoring some instead. It’s nice to see us have some experienced options at the back.
Joe Bunney was also brought in to help out the back four. Northampton Town has given him to us until the end of the season. The 25-year-old was another player who received some backlash from fans. He divided fans after some said he has had great spells before, others saying he’s poor, either way, it will be interesting to see him in action and see how he gets on. My guess is that most of these newbies will seem quite average or poor initially as it takes time to gel as a team, stand out players will come in time.
And finally, the news that all Bolton fans wanted yesterday the most, Daryl Murphy finally put pen to paper. The 36-year-old striker was who fans wanted to hear the announcement of all day and when it was finally made, everyone was happy. He will be perfect in league one and hopefully will be able to create quite a few goals for us in his time at the University of Bolton Stadium, it’s about time, we need them!