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BWFC Guest Article: Still Good Enough?

Guest article from Nicky Crompton. Thanks, Nicky...

In January 2010, a bright-eyed Texan, Stuart Holden signed for Bolton Wanderers. Three and a half years on, he has only managed 30 league appearances for us. Stuart Holden is seen as one of our best players, however, after spending so long out injured, one has to question whether he really still has it.

Stuart is a holding midfielder (good name for it) who works hard around the pitch. He`s good at getting stuck in, as well as being competent on the ball- occasionally taking free kicks. While many fans are calling for the return of Jay Spearing and a midfield already blessed with Medo Kamara, Darren Pratley, Keith Andrews and Josh Vela, do we really still need Stuart Holden?

Let`s be frank, we don`t have money to throw around at Bolton Wanderers Football Club, especially if Dougie pulls the trigger and makes that speculative offer for Rhodes/Austin. Selling Holden would give us a few million, I believe, plus a good chunk of money off the wage bill. For that same reason, you could ask whether it has been worthwhile having him at Bolton so long in the first place. Yeah, I`m sure he made his bed and was a good guest and everything. But his stay at the Reebok has surpassed three and a half years. Think about how large his yearly salary is. Multiply it by three and a half. You should get a reasonable amount of money, big enough to sign a pretty decent, Championship player.

Without Holden in the team, you could argue we would have staved off relegation the years that he was playing for us. So, if you think about it, he really hasn`t had that big an impact on the club. On another note, Stuart Alistair Holden, has played very well for the club. He has always given 100% and always played well. He has a very large American fan base and sells his share of shirts, too. On that note, you could question whether selling him would really be a good idea.

I`ve tried to write this from a neutral perspective, so you guys can leave your thoughts on whether he should stay or go.

The Journalist

Writer: Nicky Crompton Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 5 2013

Time: 10:40AM

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He should stay at least until he's had the chance to prove whether or not he's still got it. For me his abilities aren't particularly steeped in a dependency on absolute match fitness so I don't see why he wouldn't still have it, we just need to get him out on the pitch and make some use of him.
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05/07/2013 11:05:00

Interesting view point you have that "without Holden we could have staved off relegation". He wasn't in the team due to injury and Mr Coyle broadcast far and wide that it was due to injuries that Bolton were relegated. I think Holden did a superb job for Bolton in the middle of the park and I will always remember his goal against Blackburn Rovers at the Reebok that secured 3 points. I don't think anyone knows if he will ever be the player he was previously again and that is why he has signed for another year at Bolton. Now, if we can move him on for money instead of letting him walk away at the end of next season I would think that is good business.
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05/07/2013 13:51:00

Him and Mavies would be amazing in midfield.
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05/07/2013 16:39:00

holden was our best player prior to his injury, he remains potentially exactly that, most of the dross who played for the team last year will never attain his levels of skill or ability. The above article goes left then right and then comes to a halt in its opinion, I really appreciate the effort taken to write it, next time consider adding a few jokes ! Skippy says sorry, I was only joking.
aussie mike
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05/07/2013 20:39:00

the idea behind doing that was to give both sides of the argument, in order to give the reader the opportunity to form their own opinion. I did try to include a joke, haha I've never been vey funny though...
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05/07/2013 20:45:00

the idea behind doing that was to give both sides of the argument, in order to give the reader the opportunity to form their own opinion. I did try to include a joke, haha I've never been vey funny though...
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05/07/2013 20:45:00

We should not be thinking that Holden is the be all and end all of Bolton's hopes of promotion. He will be a useful cog in our midfield but (given Duggie's style of rotating and keeping his players fresh) Holden would not play every game -physically fit or not. It is also futile to speculate why Rickets has been released from his contract to smooth his passage to Wolves. Just be glad he has gone and so reduced the wage bill. Would fans rather call Wolves' bluff and left the transfer until 31 August and paid Rickets two months extra salary ? We have to give the manager credit for knowing what he is doing. I think we will start much better than last season but forecast that no team will walk away with automatic promotion and that eight teams will fight out the top three places . Bolton will be in the mix !!
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05/07/2013 20:47:00

ncbwfc - don't worry, express yourself, life is too short, you have the laughter in your blood like the rest of us. I often say my piece without putting my brain in gear, however, I have learned to laugh at myself and take the criticism I often deserve in response to that I throw at others. Anyway, I admire Holden, his absence last year seriously undermined our promotion chances and was possibly the biggest single factor in our demise, after OC and PG that is. I see norjoy is paying homage to our promotion credentials before a single ball has been kicked - how it might all go belly up, of course there is no place for negative talk, not until we have 10 games under our belt anyway.
aussie mike
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05/07/2013 21:47:00

It seems highly significant to me, that the minute Holden succumbed to his injury, our team went downhill very quickly. Of course, Coyle had no idea how to halt the slide. His one creative player, Davies, didn't appear to be fit enough to fill his place. Now we know why! I pray that Holden comes back fit and raring to go. On form, he is one of the best mid-fielders in this league, if not number one!
Barney Grumble
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05/07/2013 22:36:00

It was so long ago that I last saw Holden play that I don't remember how good he was relative to the current incumbents !!!
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06/07/2013 11:20:00

....but let's hope that it doesn't take half the season to adjust to the championship like it did for many of the other players.....
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06/07/2013 11:21:00

.....and by the way he used to be one of my favourite players so I am really excited to see him back kicking some ass !
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06/07/2013 11:23:00

I think he is going to have to do something special to get the nod over Medo and Pratley in the middle. Pratley was without doubt our most improved player last season, in fact possibly the most improved in the division. Medo is likely to be difficult to dislodge too if his history is anything to go by. It would be a nice problem for DF to have though.
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06/07/2013 11:47:00

there is always a place in the team for quality, I would be delighted having 10 Holden's on the pitch, this obsession to segregate defenders/ midfielders/attackers is rubbish, talented players know how to play the ball wherever they are on the pitch.
aussie mike
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06/07/2013 13:14:00

The article's question is answered if you watch Lion Of Vienna's highlights...
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06/07/2013 15:04:00

Just watched the highlights the answer is yes he is still good enough.
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06/07/2013 18:14:00


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