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1 Manager in market for left-back on Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:34 pm

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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Dougie Freedman has outlined initial plans to strengthen his squad in the upcoming January transfer window, with a new left-back his top priority.

Bolton are currently without a recognised left-back in the first team squad after Marc Tierney fractured his foot against Yeovil in September.

As a result Alex Baptiste has filled in, though Freedman has drawn up a list of potential targets with his recruitment team, with a new full-back at the top of the agenda.

“We need to add a left-back, there’s no doubt about that,” Freedman said in his pre-match press conference.

“That’s where a little bit of bad luck has come in for us this season. It’s the one position that we haven’t got any cover in.

“Unfortunately we don’t have a younger player in the development squad who is ready to step up right now.

“Alex has done a good job for us in most of the games, but there is going to be times when he is wrong-footed or that he is going to come up against a difficult opponent.

“I still believe that we could also do with a little bit of pace out wide and as a manager you’re always on the lookout for goal-scoring strikers.

“There are also positions that we feel we are ready to make a move on if certain players move out if we get the right money for them.

“Over the year that I have been involved, this is a fantastic club to work for because there is a set plan in place. All I do is implement that plan.

“We’ve made the team more energetic and dynamic and we will continue to try and move the club forward.

“At this moment in time we have got a list of five players that we would like to add to the squad.

“We’ve also got to be realistic that we also have to move people out. I have got a responsibility to the board to make sure that the finances are sound.

“I’ve also got a responsibility to the fans to make sure that we’ve got a football club that is moving in the right direction.

“We look forward to January and we will see what happens.”

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2 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:31 pm

Whitesince63


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Now read between those lines and realise what a state we're in!!

3 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:35 pm

Reebok Trotter

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Nat Lofthouse
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We have been using Baptiste out of position for ages. It's obvious to a blind man that we need a decent left back. The position has never been covered properly since Alonso jumped ship.

4 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:58 am

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To be fair he did buy Tirney who unfortunately is long term injured.

5 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:59 am

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Mario Jardel
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Sorry Tierney

6 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:48 am

Reebok Trotter

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Nat Lofthouse
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Tierney looked okay but we need proper cover for long term injuries.

7 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:19 am

Reebok_Rebel

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Frank Worthington
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Let me guess, another loan.

We need a fucking striker that can finish...

8 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:31 am

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We don't need a striker, Rebel, because Dougie's had a word with Ngog and told him to try a bit harder at not being so shit, so everything's going to be fine.........

9 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:16 pm

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Breadman wrote:We don't need a striker, Rebel, because Dougie's had a word with Ngog and told him to try a bit harder at not being so shit, so everything's going to be fine.........

...You can find that article in the Bolton Wanderers News Section or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  Smile

10 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:44 pm

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This is why we should have never let Ricketts go, it was going to be bloody obvious even in the summer once Alonso had gone that we would need a left back and cover for that position. The guy could play anywhere along the back 4.

11 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:34 pm

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aaron_bwfc wrote:This is why we should have never let Ricketts go, it was going to be bloody obvious even in the summer once Alonso had gone that we would need a left back and cover for that position. The guy could play anywhere along the back 4.
I wasn't too fussed about Rickets to be honest, even though he was versatile. Ricketts was one of our big earners and with his place not guaranteed anymore, it was a sensible decision to let him leave.

Alonso was a mistake and I think Dougie has pretty much admitted, that he could have done more to try and make the lad stay. What's a little disappointing though, is that Alonso has only made 2 appearances for Fiorentina since joining them last summer.

12 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:07 am

Copper Dragon

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Ivan Campo
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We could loan you Northern Ireland international Danny Lafferty for a few months. Obviously with a clause saying that we can have him back if Ben Mee got injured.

It could be a loan swap, Danny Lafferty for Craig Davies.

I'll get onto the Ginger master to see what he thinks.

13 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:51 am

Culcheth_White

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Andy Walker
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I've got a brilliant idea! Chelsea still owe us a loan player as part of the Gary Cahill deal, so why not let Chelsea loan us Ashley Cole for the remainder of the season? Chelsea can pay 90% of his wages too!  Very Happy

14 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:06 pm

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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Culcheth_White wrote:I've got a brilliant idea! Chelsea still owe us a loan player as part of the Gary Cahill deal, so why not let Chelsea loan us Ashley Cole for the remainder of the season? Chelsea can pay 90% of his wages too!  Very Happy

Surely this loan thing is a myth? Dougie may be an idiot, but surely even he could see the benefit of bringing a Chelsea reserve player in.
I reckon Torres is better than Ngog.

15 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:38 pm

Culcheth_White

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Andy Walker
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Natasha Whittam wrote:
Culcheth_White wrote:I've got a brilliant idea! Chelsea still owe us a loan player as part of the Gary Cahill deal, so why not let Chelsea loan us Ashley Cole for the remainder of the season? Chelsea can pay 90% of his wages too!  Very Happy

Surely this loan thing is a myth? Dougie may be an idiot, but surely even he could see the benefit of bringing a Chelsea reserve player in.
I reckon Torres is better than Ngog.
Trust me, the loan thing still stands with Chelsea, there is no time scale on the deal, as far as I am aware.

16 Re: Manager in market for left-back on Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:02 pm

Copper Dragon

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Ivan Campo
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I see that Danny Fox got a rare outing for Southampton today, he even set one of their goals up.

Looks like he'll have to be crossed off the list.

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