Here comes the cavalry - Bolton Wanderers sign three new players on loan
DOUGIE Freedman is attempting to reintroduce the mystery factor to his struggling Wanderers by calling in the reinforcements.
Three new loan signings could make their debuts against Yeovil Town today in a game the rock-bottom Whites simply cannot afford to lose.
Freedman wanted to inject some more Championship experience into his squad after feeling some of his players were struggling to cope with life at the wrong end of the table.
And after landing Neil Danns from Leicester, Kevin McNaughton from Cardiff and Liam Feeney from Millwall, the Scot now feels he has scope to throw a few surprises at the Glovers when they come to the Reebok.
“When I first came in, people tried to guess my team,” he said. “Maybe that hasn’t been the case recently but the secret when things were going well was to keep things fresh mentally as well as physically.
“We are playing in the Championship, and that can involve three intense games a week. You have to have the right mentality and if you have never done it in your life it can be very hard to pick up.
“That’s why I needed to bring one or two more players in. My sports science staff were telling me that there were some players who were not at the right intensity to play Championship football.”
All eyes are on where Danns, McNaughton and Feeney now fit into the jigsaw – and who will lose their place in the side beaten by Brighton last week.
Both Danns and Feeney play as forward-thinking midfielders, while the vastly-experienced Scotland international McNaughton plays primarily as a right-back.
The 31-year-old joins from Cardiff on a month-long deal but Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay admitted yesterday that his stay at the Reebok could be prolonged.
“Kevin has joined Bolton for a month, but that could be extended if it suits both clubs and the player,” he said.
“We need Kevin to play matches. Initially he is going for 28 days and if I call him back it will be because I want him involved in my squad and that absolutely could happen.”