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Explain Yourselves

Do you ever feel like the league is running away from you?

I don't mean promotion is out of reach, or you're locked in a relegation battle. I mean when you feel like our team is being dwarfed by the other teams in the division?

Being a Bolton fan, when promotion to the Premier League runs away from you- a la this season- the hope for the next season doesn't diminish. You may be ultimately pessimistic or overly optimistic in your predictions, but the flame of hope and excitement remains flickering.

News from this mornings Bolton News, brought to us by the brilliant Marc Iles, however, licks the fingers of hope and excitement, somewhat, and douses such flame.

Craig Dawson is primed to make a switch to Wigan Athletic this loan window, even though he would favour a move to the Reebok.

Bolton Wanderers will not win promotion this season, whether Dawson moves here or not. But the symbolic failure to land the defender on loan is terrifying as well as baffling.

David Ngog left the Reebok last month and with him, took his 30,000-a-week wages. Since the Frenchman's departure, the Whites haven't come close to filling that 30,000-a-week wage gap with the recruitments of Liam Trotter and Yannick Bastos. Craig Dawson's wages also wouldn't come close to 30,000, so why aren't we going for the Baggies' man?

I'm not saying put the Whites' financial status in jeopardy, but the reverse senario, and Ngog hadn't joined the Swans and his wages would have still been our problem, would we have been punished? Would Ngog's wages have put us over that danger line?

I'm not saying Craig Dawson's inclusion would kick-start another surge up the league, but it would surely secure our Championship status...

Surely, right?

What do I know...

Writer:Mr Ecky
Date:Thursday February 6 2014
Time: 10:53AM


I would love Dawson to come back but the problems to that are - it seems that there is no money available for transfers (the reason for this is a whole other can of worms), Wheater is fit again, meaning we have him, Ream, Knight and Mills as CB while Baptiste can also play there, we are in desperate need of a LB or another fullback at the moment. We are also very short up front at the minute. Yes you can argue that we are well stocked in MF but we still brought Trotter in but i think he will add some steel, physical presence and a goal threat to the midfield so i think that is an astute signing but we are well stocked at CB(in terms of numbers more than quality), would you rather bring another CB in or use that money on a full back and/or a striker, IF we can?
06/02/2014 11:35:00
I know this doesn't happen often but I agree with Moonpig. I would rather the money Dawson would cost be used on a lb and striker, there must be some players somewhere who would want to have a few months playing time.
06/02/2014 12:15:00
Agree. If the money is being saved for a full-back and a striker then continue. If the money is just being saved then I'm worried.
06/02/2014 12:38:00
Also agree. We won't get promoted with or without Dawson. Also he probably won't come full time either. Best recruit a LB and genuine goalscorer for me. That way we may stay up. If these re not forthcoming then I will be very worried indeed.
Nathans Phase
06/02/2014 14:24:00
Agree that we won't get promoted with or without Dawson, but he is a class above all of our centre backs, none of whom have performed to standard this season. And there doesn't seem to be any mention of a full back - truly worrying times.
06/02/2014 18:31:00
Doesnt look like he is going anywhere at the moment and is in line to start for WBA tomorrow.
07/02/2014 08:09:00
If I were a betting man, which I'm not, I would bet that we won't sign anyone in the emergency window. So probably time to dig in with what we've got - and start worrying
Skopelos Chris
07/02/2014 08:33:00
Agreed. The wallet is closed and I have that on good authority. Ever felt conned Dougie? "yeah let Ngog go and then you can have 4 new players.................Heh Heh Heh" Basically it all seemed to depend on where we were in the table when the window came around. Still we have 12 midfielders, no goalscorer, and no left back.What's the panic?? I fear a red card or injury at the back, and lets face it that is more than possible at any time, could see us done for. If we are not already!!
Nathans Phase
07/02/2014 10:07:00
We have to go with what we have got...if the strikers arent scoring or we have no goalscorer then the midfielders need to step up and get the goals. France won the World Cup without a goalscorer. Things dont always go to plan so we have to move on. We know the likes of Lee, Davies, Danns, Eagles, Pratley, Moritz CAN score goals, they just need to grasp the nettle and stick the ball in the net.
07/02/2014 10:13:00
What authority is that Nathan? I've got it on fairly good authority that DF didn't think getting Dawson and nobody else was worth it, which is how Wigan outbid us - not that that's going to make a difference now Pepe Mel fancies him as a regular starter.
07/02/2014 10:43:00
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