New arrivals at Bolton Wanderers could force fringe players to look for the exit door
WANDERERS’ one-in, one-out policy appears to have stalled for now – but Dougie Freedman admits a lack of opportunity could convince some of his out-of-favour stars to look elsewhere in the coming weeks.
With finances tight since the summer, incoming signings have almost always been followed by an outgoing.
For Jay Spearing, wave goodbye to Keith Andrews; for Andre Moritz, Marvin Sordell made way.
But three loan arrivals last week without any significant wage being trimmed from the budget and the indications are that another loanee – more than likely a striker – is in the pipeline.
While Freedman does not feel in any rush to balance the books immediately he feels that some of the players displaced by the likes of Kevin McNaughton, Liam Feeney or Neil Danns could opt to move on without the guarantee of regular football.
“I’m not under pressure to get anyone out but after bringing two or three players in, some others will not play,” reasoned the Scot. “Naturally they will want to go elsewhere to play football and that’s fine by me.
“Whatever comes up I’m very comfortable saying to the chairman that one or two players can leave.”
Who exactly would seek a loan move away from the Reebok is a difficult question to answer.
Tyrone Mears has seemingly been pushed down to third in the pecking order for right-back but has already turned down a move to Millwall this season.
David Wheater has been consistently linked with a return to Middlesbrough and, like club skipper Zat Knight, has found himself pushed to the bench because of the resurgence of Matt Mills and Tim Ream at centre-half.
Youngsters Josh Vela and Cian Bolger have both been earmarked to follow Tom Eaves’ lead and gain some experience elsewhere but neither would make a massive dent in the budget were they loaned down the Football League.
Left-back berth aside, Freedman is currently in the most luxurious position he has been in since arriving at the club nearly a year ago with two players to cover each position.
“I look at the squad now and I think it’s a lot healthier,” the manager admitted. “I had the option of making three or four changes at Blackpool on Tuesday.”