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Bolton Wanderers: Bits and Bobs



Evening everyone. It`s one of those weeks; punctuated by the 'excitement` of international football, and with very little activity of interest. This often leaves the midweek bloggers with scraps to feed on. I`ll do my best, and bring us towards tomorrow`s preview for the Burnley game on Sunday.

It appears that I haven`t really commented on the departure of Benik Afobe from our football club, bar a small exclamation in the deadline day 'spectacular`. The Arsenal youngster joined Millwall today on a loan until the end of the season, after his year-long deal with the Whites was cut short by Dougie Freedman at the end of January.

Benik never really showed us why he is considered such a prospect in his six months with the club. He didn`t show much at all. After scoring a hat-trick in preseason, it looked like Afobe was going to be a strong option up front in what was expected to be a promotion push. Often only appearing as a substitute, and pushed to the wing, he just didn`t put in the effort (nevermind show the quality) that would get him a regular starting position over SKD, David Ngog and more recently Marvin Sordell.

I am so so far from being upset by his departure, although I am confused by his decision to join a club whose fans only last month chanted racial abuse and him and his teammate.

In other news, Stuart Holden has completed his first ninety minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Euxton. This is a great step forward for Stu, but until I see him put several consecutive first team appearances together, I am trying to curb my excitement. It`s hard though!

People talk about not renewing his contract. Others say that he isn`t the player we have built him up in our heads to be, and that he has only played a very small amount for the club. All I can say to these people is that he has been stellar in every performance he has made for Bolton, and was one of the leading lights of the Premier League before he was brutally hacked down by Jonny Evans.

There is a very good chance that if he hadn`t been injured, he`d be at a big club by now. If he manages to regain his form, and stay away from further injuries, there is still a chance that Holden will reach those heights. Let`s just hope we can get the best out of him before the time comes.

Starting this weekend. I think that the Burnley may be the time we see Holden back in a league game at the Reebok, and I just cannot wait. His midfield engine and creativity may be the spark we need to get out of the trouble we are in.

See you back here tomorrow for some inbred-bashing.

The Journalist

Writer: AlParklar Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 7 2013

Time: 11:24PM

Your Comments

I don't think we will see Stu this weekend. DF latest from BWFC website: Quote "....... he is desperate to get back, but I have got a responsibility to his career and I canít just throw him in there. He is a top international player, but I donít want to just throw him in there and put a lot of pressure on him when he is not quite ready yet".
Pedro1874
Burnley's on Saturday lad.
Muur
Can't wait until he's back at full throttle, his goal against another local team rivaling Burnleys way of "inbredness" was nothing short of Pure Magic, infact I heard that the Alien that is Dynamo asked him for some tips.. Stu tought him how to walk on water. As for a big club - Only after Ive seen him smack 3 against Utd, City, Chelsea, Spurs... (list is not exhaustive). Hey we can all have a dream right?? Starting with him being on the bench on Saturday.
WanderersMisfit
Can't wait until he's back at full throttle, his goal against another local team rivaling Burnleys way of "inbredness" was nothing short of Pure Magic, infact I heard that the Alien that is Dynamo asked him for some tips.. Stu tought him how to walk on water. As for a big club - Only after Ive seen him smack 3 against Utd, City, Chelsea, Spurs... (list is not exhaustive). Hey we can all have a dream right?? Starting with him being on the bench on Saturday.
WanderersMisfit
All this perpetual talk about a player being 'nearly' ready is to be frank utterly banale, he either is or he is not. You give him 45 minutes followed by a start the next and let matters take their own course. DF is up and down like a fiddlers elbow, if the manager is indecisive the players follow suit and we know where that leads us. Unless we see a new line up with fresh impedus on Saturday I fear another defeat or draw against Burnley looming, they will attack with abandon while we mess around like rabbits caught in the headlights struggling to defend, playing deep, attacking with hope rather than purpose or decisiveness
aussie mike
I just have this inkling that we're going to batter Burnley. 3-0. I have no idea why I think this.
robmoss2k
Seeing Students back up and running would indeed be a great thing. In this case however I think Dougie's caution will be an advantage and it's a good idea to ease him back in slowly. My main worry is that the dumbells at the club will mess up on his contract and we'll lose him for little or nothing to some Prem outfit who will then reap all the benefit. History has shown they are that short sighted. Also our, shall we say uncertain, league position is doubtless influencing thoughts at the club about wages etc for next season and ongoing. Despite the silence from the top about our abortive efforts to get back to the top flight they must be at least on Plan C by now. Anyway, I hope not and hope we unexpectedly stuff Burnley and see some of our new faces while we're at it.
Skopelos Chris
And Saturday is part of this weekend right Muur!
Pedro1874
Some blind optimism there rob. I really hope your right. For that to happen we would have to 'click' as a team. To 'click' the same team has to play each week. Too much meddling from freedman. I feared his inexperience would lead us here and said it on here when Gartslime brought him in. He meddles to much and after 20 odd games of meddling still doesn't know his best 11.
Danfarn80
Genclerbirligi.............
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