Bolton Wanderers' Mystery Man
It looks like we`re struggling with finding anyone to join our little football club as they try to pull off their against-the-odds, last second break into the playoff places. We`ve all seen the names that have been bandied about, such as that slightly overrated teenage winger from Liverpool, but nothing seems to be coming off for Dougie Freedman in this loan window.
There`s a week to go before the window slams shut, and it`s safe to say that with the Ipswich defeat having brought us all back down from that wonderful spot on Cloud 9, we need a little extra something if our Plan A falls apart. In my mind, we`re well stocked in the goalkeeping department (or at least I don`t think we`ll find a better player than Bodgan to get on loan). Our squad is packed to the brim with defenders, and I don`t think we need another. Dougie thinks we need another winger, but I think we have an ample supply of midfield players who can create chances to win games. The problem, in my eyes, is up front.
Even in our unbeaten run, we were hardly scoring for fun. Several of the wins were 1-0, and whilst those victories are great to get, our inability to covert chances has cost us time and time again. The tightening of the defence has certainly made up look a much stronger outfit, but clean sheets do not win games on their own.
David Ngog is an excellent footballer, and one I think deserves to play at the top level. He isn`t, however, an out and out goalscorer. He creates chances, holds play up, and runs well with the ball. Craig Davies plays a similar role, and despite being a bargain for £300k, will never get us out of this division with his goals alone. Marvin Sordell, the 'most natural finisher at the club` as put by Owen Coyle, seems to dip in and out of the spotlight way too much to get a consistent run of games under his belt. Stuff still seems to be going behind the scenes with Marvin, and I fear we will never see the best from him.
And don`t get me started on Super Kevin Davies….
So, we`ve established that we don`t have the man who is going to score 20+ goals in the Championship that we need. A man whose purple patch can fire us to playoff glory. So if we need him, where is he? Who is this mystery man, and can we get him?
Suggestions below, I`m struggling!