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Oriol Romeu was a name linked with the Whites early in the pre-season transfer window, and at one point it did look a strong possibility that the former Barcelona man may make a move away from Stamford Bridge on a short term basis searching for first team football. We weren’t sure at that point whether they would be joining Bolton or another team with possibly a better appeal.
Well here we are again, Romeu is once again linked with Bolton, along with suggestions late last week that we should look to jump at the chance of bringing Jermaine Jenas to the Reebok with Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas looking to loan him out to a Championship club to get some games under his belt.
With the Wanderers missing out on Carlos Sanchez over the last 7 days or so, it seems the Whites have refocused their efforts on possibly landing their former target – Josh McEachran (Chelsea).
Owen Coyle was after the 19 year old last season, however missed out on bringing McEachran to the Reebok after then Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers signed the youngster for the remainder of the 2011/12 season.
The move to the Reebok may have been a better option for the Chelsea youngster as he may have received more game time than compared to what he did at Swansea. McEachran is now back with Chelsea, and may be a good signing if Coyley can bring him to the Reebok on a season long loan.
Chelsea’s Oriol Romeu is rumoured to be another player Coyley wants to bring to Bolton, primarily on a loan deal in order to help push Bolton back into the Premier League.
Coyley has made a couple of early signings with Keith Andrews joining from West Bromwich Albion, Matt Mills moving from Leicester City and with a brutal Championship campaign ahead of us, the pressure is on to jump back into the top flight first time around – or we could be in some trouble.
With past success with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge, Romeu may fancy his chances as he’s been limited with first team football under Roberto Di Matteo with only 2 appearances under the Italian’s rule. Coyley is looking to invoke his ‘favour’ which he is due as part of the deal which saw Gary Cahill move to Stamford Bridge back in January.
Already struggling, Bolton Wanderers face a daunting challenge within their next six games, with five of the opposing sides sitting comfortably in the top half of the table. Home ties against Liverpool and Arsenal are next up for Bolton followed by away trips to Norwich, Chelsea and Manchester City.
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Bolton’s only respite before March? Hosting their neighbours and fellow Premier League strugglers Wigan. So how are Bolton going to get through this tough run of fixtures and still remain on a comfortable points total?
All of these matches pose different threats and several different outcomes. Starting at the beginning with this Saturday’s home match against Liverpool, Bolton will almost certainly be outdone by the skillful Liverpool midfield. However, with the Luis Suarez ban and the lack of other firepower up front, it is possible that Bolton could hold on for a draw.
Well it’s a new year and an opportunity to freshen up our squad during this transfer window. Unfortunately we’ll soon lose the services of Gary Cahill to Chelsea, as long as his wage demands and other personal terms don’t price him out of a move to London.
When we look back to the squad this time last year and compare it to the current crop of players there is undoubtedly a deficit to be found in both quality and pace. The live spark that was Daniel Sturridge has not been replaced, and nor has the tireless and committed direct running of Johan Elmander.
Personally, I feel that the current squad contains far too many incomplete players. Each player seems to be missing one or two of the crucial facets needed to make them the rounded Premier League package. Obviously, all players have strengths and weaknesses, and even the greatest of players can be known by the poor aspects of their play as well as the best, but here I believe that the problem is endemic throughout the squad.
Muamba is one of the most obvious examples of this phenomenon – when someone mentions Muamba to me I think of his powerful athleticism around the pitch and ability to disrupt play, but I’d then have to go on and describe him as one of the worst technical footballers I have ever seen.
The same can be said of our captain, Kevin Davies, his powerful target man play is synonymous with his name, but so too is his dismal finishing and link-up passsing when he has the ball at his feet. I could also add that due to his age his pace has dipped well below what is needed to be competitive at this level.
It’s possible to contrast Muamba with Mark Davies. They are exactly the opposite of each other as players, but that poses a problem again. Whilst he’s excellent on the ball and clearly gifted technical attacking footballer, he is naive defensively and his diminutive size makes him weak in the challenge.
Eagles and Petrov both love to receive an early ball into feet and take on their man, but they play like wingers in the 1950s, their defensive tracking back is practically non-existent and as such they offer no cover to their fullbacks. Additionally, I would say that neither of them have the electric breakaway speed of others in the league that would let you forgo their abysmal defensive contributions.
Robinson and Steinnson are both committed to the Bolton cause, they are fired up and love a tackle, but both have serious positioning issues and are often easily caught out as they tuck in far too early. This is in part due to the lack of cover from their wingers but also because they’re always back peddling to avoid being beaten by their lack of pace.
Ngog and Klasnic are similar to Muamba and Mark Davies; Ngog is fast, skilful and athletic but he struggles to finish or use the ball effectively, and Klasnic is an expert finisher who can’t finish a full-game and offers very little when the team are not in possession.
Until these players start to develop and remedy these alarming deficiencies in their game then we are going to struggle to be competitive. Both Holden and Lee are rounded top-level professionals in their position and their injuries are clearly hurting us. Nigel Reo-Coker goes some way to show the benefits of having these more complete players – there is very little ‘special’ about his game but he is equal to the physical demands of the Premier League and he is comfortable on the ball.
The base level of ability in the areas where many of the Bolton players are weak is far too low across the squad. The Premiership has developed into a fast paced, physical and quality football league, and the demands on the players have increased. In the same way that you no longer see players who cannot use their weak foot, those players that cannot demonstrate all of the necessary skills and abilities needed for that position to an acceptable all round level will be phased out either by relegation or non-selection.
There has been many an article about Gary Cahill and his proposed transfer away from the Reebok, and to be honest we’re sick of them. Unfortunately, as a Bolton fan site this is something we cannot ignore.
Our team has an injury list that’s been growing slowly, and although a good few are due to return back to action (very soon) – we still lack that killer element in a few departments which should all in all help boost our season that little bit.
Let’s not kid ourselves, we’re struggling. We didn’t expect to be in such a position and it’s nerve wrecking to say atleast that we’re hitting rock bottom. And with all this rising talk of Cahill being sold to either Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur or any other interested team is a complete distraction – something that could kill our season before the January transfer window has arrived.
There are 2 possible outcomes (yes, we’re not exactly a bunch of geniuses):