Dougie Freedman's dilemma: Deal or no deal for Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan
WANDERERS are weighing up whether to offer Adam Bogdan an extended contract this summer.
Dougie Freedman wants to keep his Hungarian keeper, who is entering into the final year of his current deal, but admits the club’s tight financial situation could count against him.
The Scot must now gamble on whether to spend some of his budget securing the 26-year-old to a longer deal – or risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Bogdan, one of only six players signed for next season who played for Wanderers in the Premier League, has made no secret of his desire to return to the top flight.
He has admirers both at home and on the continent, but insists he is happy at Bolton, leaving Freedman with a tough decision to make in the next couple of months.
“Adam is someone who has been playing very well and enjoying his football, he’s definitely someone who we have got an eye on extending the contract,” Freedman told The Bolton News. “But as you know, I have also got to have an eye on the budget.
“That is where we are – I need to find that balance.
“I need to look at the money we have got and wonder whether to take that risk, or secure the asset to try and sell it, or to build it. There are many, many things to take into consideration.
“But we definitely appreciate Adam at this football club.”
Bogdan won the club’s player of the year award as Wanderers dropped into the Championship in 2012 but saw his form and confidence dip when the club struggled to adjust to life outside the top flight.
That inconsistency bled into this season when a knee injury forced him out of the team, leaving Andy Lonergan to take over the number one spot for nearly four months.
But Freedman has paid tribute to the way Bogdan responded after his injury, recovering to take the gloves back from Lonergan and finish the campaign strongly.
“When I first came to the football club I could not believe that certain sections of the fans were giving him some stick,” Freedman said. “I can’t hide away from that, I was disappointed.
“I think those people have now changed their attitude because he’s a goalkeeper who, in my eyes, is one of the best in the division. “His distribution, his kicking, is all improving because he works hard every day and credit to Lee Turner for that.
“I think he has finished the season very strongly. In my eyes I brought him back into the team at the right time and credit to him for how he has played.”