'I'm spoilt for choice,' says Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman

'I'm spoilt for choice,' says Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman

'I'm spoilt for choice,' says Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , sports writer

WANDERERS boss Dougie Freedman is relishing another selection headache at Doncaster tomorrow night.

The Scot is having to make tough decisions at present with some of his star men from earlier in the season sitting on the sidelines.

But Freedman is delighted to have options available and competition for places.

He believes it is that factor that has seen them lose just once in 10 games and stretch their unbeaten away run to five matches with a last-gasp 1-0 victory at Huddersfield on Saturday.

The matchwinner on Saturday was one of Freedman’s loan additions and he says the impact of those he has brought in has been key as he starts to see his own team forming.

Freedman said: “I’m looking forward to this week because I now have a group of players who know that no position is guaranteed.

“We have top players in there who know if they don’t perform at the highest level like their team-mates, we can soon change things around.

“We have a really strong squad and bench and this week we hope to be as strong as we can be.

“You need competition if you are going to win in the Championship.

“At the beginning of the season we were having to play players who were not fully fit or we didn’t have the resources to change it when we had a lot of games.

“Now we have that, we have a good injection of players to come on and perform.

“That’s healthy for the club.” Not only is Freedman pleased to have competition for places but he is also pleased with the quality of the personnel at his disposal And he stands by his heavy involvement in the loan market.

Freedman added: “I was criticised in January by some about letting players out but that was done to get loan players in who want to be at the football club and who were good players.

“I just felt the football club needed people who wanted to play for the football club for the right reasons. “We have that now and benefit from that.”

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1:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

cliff4treasurer says...

oooopppsssscomments section open for a BWFC story? Must be a mike!

Here's mine, Why does Dougie always seem to drop the man of the math from the previous game, aka Hall not getting a game at Huddersfield?
oooopppsssscomments section open for a BWFC story? Must be a mike! Here's mine, Why does Dougie always seem to drop the man of the math from the previous game, aka Hall not getting a game at Huddersfield? cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Spoilt for choice?
Here's a choice most whites fans would like you to make.
Pack your bags.
Spoilt for choice? Here's a choice most whites fans would like you to make. Pack your bags. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: 4

5:34pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Craig R says...

It is frustrating how we take until February to start a good run under Dougie Freedman. Maybe we should keep our loan men this time not let them go? Mason, Juke, Hutton etc? The team finishing this season could go well next season- even better with two strikers at home?
It is frustrating how we take until February to start a good run under Dougie Freedman. Maybe we should keep our loan men this time not let them go? Mason, Juke, Hutton etc? The team finishing this season could go well next season- even better with two strikers at home? Craig R
  • Score: 2

7:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Reebok Al says...

Spoilt for choice ? That's something new. There have been a few odd comments in the last few days. First there was Marc Iles suggesting that, after his penalty save against Wigan, clubs may be queuing up to bid for Adam Bogdan in the summer. I'll bet money they won't be.
Then we have Dougie Freedman describing Liam Trotter as 'a young lad', when he's not far off twenty six. That's middle-aged in football terms.
He followed that by talking about keeping Zat Knight on the books because, after nearly five years at Bolton, he's finally managed to put two decent performances together.
If the silly season has started, we should offer Tyrone Mears a job on the coaching staff and put Marc Tierney on the transfer list as surplus to requirements.
Spoilt for choice ? That's something new. There have been a few odd comments in the last few days. First there was Marc Iles suggesting that, after his penalty save against Wigan, clubs may be queuing up to bid for Adam Bogdan in the summer. I'll bet money they won't be. Then we have Dougie Freedman describing Liam Trotter as 'a young lad', when he's not far off twenty six. That's middle-aged in football terms. He followed that by talking about keeping Zat Knight on the books because, after nearly five years at Bolton, he's finally managed to put two decent performances together. If the silly season has started, we should offer Tyrone Mears a job on the coaching staff and put Marc Tierney on the transfer list as surplus to requirements. Reebok Al
  • Score: 5

7:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

rnorris says...

Its a worry that the teams best players don't belong to BWFC. Theyre all loan signings. Need to get rid of the deadwood and the ridiculous coments about giving Knight a new contract.Has Freedman learnt nothing ?
Its a worry that the teams best players don't belong to BWFC. Theyre all loan signings. Need to get rid of the deadwood and the ridiculous coments about giving Knight a new contract.Has Freedman learnt nothing ? rnorris
  • Score: 3

7:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Mason, Juke and Beckford up front, so Joe and Juke can show Beckford where the ball slots nicely into the nets.

Mark Davis in behind with Danns and CYL

Wheater, Hutton, Mills and Ream mopping up.

That is how to attack a game Dougie ;)
Mason, Juke and Beckford up front, so Joe and Juke can show Beckford where the ball slots nicely into the nets. Mark Davis in behind with Danns and CYL Wheater, Hutton, Mills and Ream mopping up. That is how to attack a game Dougie ;) Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Mon 7 Apr 14

steveG says...

Agree with most of the above comments and certainly no progress made under this Manager and in fact with the majority of the team loan players the club is losing its identity.
Agree with most of the above comments and certainly no progress made under this Manager and in fact with the majority of the team loan players the club is losing its identity. steveG
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