Posts tagged ‘Martin Petrov’
It seems Freedman is really busy in this months transfer window.
Following the official signing yesterday of Welsh international Craig Davies from Barnsley for a reported 300k being Freedman’s first permanent signing, it seems that Martin Petrov is on the verge of joining La Liga outfit Espanyol.
It is believed Petrov has flown out to Spain yesterday evening to agree personal terms, with no fee expected to be involved. The Bulgarian international winger capped 89 times by his country joined Bolton on a free transfer from Manchester City in 2010 signed by then manager Owen Coyle.
The King is dead; long live the King. Or the Heir Presumptive. Or Heirs Presumptive. Or Assumptive. As in ancient Rome, the powers that be have replaced Owen Coyle with a troika. It’s true that Jimmy, Sammy and Julian sound more like a seventies folk group than the rulers of the civilised world but, so far as Bolton Wanderers are concerned, the three of them are running the team, at least, for the time being.
We were away in Northumbria when I received a text: ‘Coyles been sacked’, a message that aroused mixed feelings. It had to happen, I was glad it had happened, yet I wished it didn’t have to happen. I remember writing ‘It’s a good time to be a Wanderers supporter’ in his early days and indeed it was, but only for a time. It still seems remarkable that a manager that transformed Megson’s team into an attractive outfit could then oversee the degeneration into a similar shambles to the one he inherited.
Since the sacking there has been much speculation as to who comes next. Given the runners and riders suggested in the media I was coming round to the idea that Jimmy Philips and co might not be such a bad idea as more than just the stand in management team. Two local lads plus one with strong Bolton connections and all of them with considerable coaching experience appeal to me more than a series of characters that have been around a long time with only moderate success.
Tomorrow we head to Burnley to kick off our first ever Championship campaign, and I’m sure this will be a trip down memory lane for manager Owen Coyle and players Chris Eagles, Tyrone Mears and Joe McKee.
We have no new injury concerns, with Holden and N’Gog are the unavailable with cartilage and knee problems respectively.
Bolton’s player (one-to-watch): Martin Petrov; the Bulgarian has been on fire during the whole of our pre-season and should cause real problems for the Burnley defence.
Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff, Jay Jay Okocha – these players are all household names within a Bolton Wanderers household and rightly so, these guys where midfield magicians, something we haven’t seen at the Reebok in quite some while. It’s a problem that we have faced for a number of seasons now, and it needs to be put right.
With everyone fit and well (a rare occasion) I’d say, last term our best four in midfield would have been Chung Yong Lee, Muamba, Holden, Petrov (with Mark Davies playing behind the striker should Coyle choose his 4-5-1 formation.) That midfield line up is better than a lot of its Premier League counter parts and I can give examples; Wigan, QPR and even Aston Villa.
Our midfield was hit the worst through injuries last season with Holden, Lee and Muamba all missing a substantial amount of games due to injury. However, clubs get injuries all the time and they have to be dealt with – we couldn’t. With our injured midfielders, we had the likes of Eagles to come in, which unfortunately, isn’t the best thing.
We published a poll last week asking you who you thought will be our top scorer this coming season. We received 206 votes in total, with Marvin Sordell and Benik Afobe picking up majority of the votes placed.
Sordell has had a great start to the Summer by getting a Team GB call up to the Olympics, whilst Afobe has certainly made an impression since arriving at the Reebok. If both can maintain their form over the forthcoming season, we are going to be in for a cracking 9/10 months. Let’s hope both manage to avoid any problematic injuries and keep knocking in the goals to help us get back to where we belong.
What’s quite surprising is that 3 voters actually thought none of the players below were capable of being our top scorer. If you were on that voted for that option, please share with us whom you think will be top scorer.
Do you agree with the outcome below?
We can’t ignore the fact that we have a pretty strong squad for the forthcoming season. We haven’t exactly been prolific in pre-season, obviously excluding the result from last night where Benik Afobe knocked in 3 past Tranmere, but we would’ve liked to have a few different players to get on the scoresheet throughout our pre-season campaign.
Although fans expected a better performance throughout the so called Summer, one thing to remember is that they’re called friendlies for a reason. Players need game time to get sharp and increase their fitness levels, and we’re just glad the lads are getting through the pre-season without any serious injuries (touch-wood). You cannot deny that we do fancy ourselves as promotion favourites, heck Championship winners is probably a better description – hence we want to find out the following what your thoughts are on the following: