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Opinion: Why is Bassini still in the Bolton Wanderers mix!?

After reading that one party had dropped out of trying to buy Bolton, meaning they had 5 bids instead of 6. I was really hoping for the clubs sake that it was Bassini who had pulled out but sadly that is not the case.

Laurence Bassini would be a plague on Bolton and I’m not sure why he is even being considered, but here we go. Bassini is the former chairman of Watford and led the club to the brink of financial ruin, having himself been declared bankrupt on three separate occasions. In March 2013 an independent disciplinary commission found Bassini guilty of misconduct and dishonesty over financial dealings on behalf of Watford and, banned him from being involved in a position of authority with any Football League club for three years.

Sadly for Bolton however, Bassini’s ban is up and the man wants back into football. With the deadline of Friday for producing evidence of funds, I really hope that for Bolton’s sake he fails.

I truly believe that it is the desperation of the situation at Bolton, simply to keep the club alive, that has lead to Bassini even being considered to take over this once Premier League club. According to The Bolton News, he is confident his bid will be successful.

Just over a month ago on the 7th of May, Bassini was going to save Bolton before administration hit, however yet when asked to provide proof of funds to the Football League – Bassini failed on multiple occasions. Yet again just a month later he’s back in the running.

Why he is allowed anywhere near a football club I have no idea, and I truly hope for Bolton’s sake they take another offer.

Opinion: Is a Move To Ipswich Town The Wisest Move For Bolton Wanderers’ Harry Brockbank

It seems then like everyone is wanting out at Bolton Wanderers, the latest to be linked with a move away is the 20-year-old defensive prospect, Harry Brockbank.

Despite only making three appearances for struggling Bolton in the Championship last season, a host of Championship and League One clubs are after the young centre back, with Ipswich being the latest link. Ipswich finished bottom of the Championship last season, but are already assembling a good squad to try and rebound straight back into the second flight.

The young defender, who is capable of playing at right back, centre back and defensive midfield, would be a great addition to any squad due to his versatility and raw talent, he is the kind of player that managers love and can build a team around.

After impressing many teams during his Bolton debut against now Premier League Aston Villa, the young full-back can leave the team on a free due to the clubs off-field issues. However, if he wants guaranteed first-team football, then perhaps him staying for one more year at his home side wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. It’s a chance to get some more experience under his belt before being a squad player in the same division.

For Ipswich this move would be a great deal, signing a potential star full back for the years to come, get him some game time in League One ready for if they do go back up. Even if they then sold him on, signing the young lad on a free makes business sense.

For Brockbank, I think it all comes down to game time, if whether it be Ipswich or wherever he moves, can guarantee the game time then, by all means, he should go and play his football at the right end of League One. However, if he is just going to be a squad player then perhaps it would better him to stay at Bolton, yes they are likely to go down again due to starting the season on minus 12 points, but at least he is likely to play the vast majority of games.

Parkinson Must Gamble on FORGOTTEN MAN For Villa Win

After Bolton Wanderer’s fantastic start, the more optimistic of fans dreamt of life in the Premiership. However, those dreams quickly turned to nightmares, extinguished as quickly as they started. Languishing in 19th place, barely able to score a goal, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson must take drastic action to turn the tide.

However, blocking their path are fallen giants Aston Villa… thanks…

Bolton need to see this game as a great opportunity to upset the apple cart. Playing under the lights on a crisp Autumnal evening, Sky TV creating a palpable buzz about Villa Park, Parkinson should look to shake things up massively to give the weary Wanderers a chance to cut through the smog of the Black Country.

Simply put, he needs to take a gamble on the pocket rocket that is Erhun Oztumer. The Turk has rarely featured for the Wanderers this campaign, having only made 6 starts, and is known to be chomping at the bit. His flair and skills, plus the ability to thread a deadly pass could be what is needed to breathe new life into Bolton’s flatlining campaign.

Bolton simply cannot create any chances, hence their dire lack of goals, and the terrible run of form. Oztumer could be the only man in the squad who can provide the spark needed. He is something different, a showman, a talisman… the difference?

Bolton have a reasonable defence, conceding 20 goals in 15 games, not bad compared to their lower half rivals. However, they have only scored 11 goals, joint lowest in the Championship. Bolton must score more goals or else they will have to face life back in League One again.

Oztumer is definitely a gamble to start against Villa, but he has the capability to shake things up, catch the imagination of the crowd, maybe weave the killer pass… Because what’s the alternative… stay as we are and get beat 1-0.

Parkinson, the choice is yours.