Nine players to exit Reebok – at least!


Bolton Wanderers are expected to announce the release of Ricardo Gardner, Joey O’Brien, Robbie Blake, Tamir Cohen and Jlloyd Samuel. The five players are out of contract and are unlikely to be offered new deals. Also heading for the Reebok exit are Gary Cahill, who is linked with a move to Arsenal, and Johan Elmander who is expected to move abroad. Bolton are also likely to lose the services of Daniel Sturridge, who hopes to gain a starting place at Chelsea, while, goalkeeper, Ali Al Habsi could request a move to Wigan. 

As if potentially losing nine players was not enough Wanderers’ could also see the back of Rodrigo Moreno if he returns to Benfica in the summer. Bolton’s problems don’t end there though. Much of the Bolton squad is ageing or out of form. Paul Robinson, Jussi Jasskeleinen, Kevin Davies, Matt Taylor, Martin Petrov and Ivan Klasnic are all up against it in terms of keeping up with the demands of the premier league. On top of that we have the eternal injury problems of Stuart Holden, who could be out until Christmas, and Mark Davies who is currently recovering from an ankle problem. Sam Ricketts is also out injured for the time being.

In addition to all of the above Bolton should ideally be looking to strengthen in defence after a less than impressive season for the back four. Gretar Steinsson is often a weak link in the side but so too is Zat Knight and this has been reflected in some of the goals Bolton have leaked this season.

All in all Owen Coyle has a massive task in hand to keep Bolton Wanderers in the top flight next season. Bolton’s recent run of losses should serve as a wake up call to those who thought Bolton were European contenders. The Wanderers finished the season in 14th position after dropping 7 places in the league in the last few weeks.

In my opinion Bolton Wanderers enjoyed a good season, had a glimpse of Wembley, endured a difficult end to the season, saw the football improve over all but crossed the finish line with a limp. Coyle has it all to do in the summer of 2011.


2 Responses to “Nine players to exit Reebok – at least!”

  1. 1 simplestudios

    I have to admit it is going to be one tough season ahead of them unless they can form a new squad over summer. Bare in mind Daniel Sturridge in my eyes was the difference in a number of games towards the end of the season where Bolton managed to win.

  2. 2 Pedro1874

    Just imagine where we would have finished if Holden had got injured earlier and we had not signed Sturridge. It doesn’t bear thinking about. Talk about a one man team. If Al Habsi had been in goal that certainly would have helped and I hope the club see sense and make him the number one instead of making a quick buck. However, with all those names mentioned above leaving, where is the money coming from to pay for the new signings that are needed? Not signing Elmander to some sort of contract so we could sell him rather than give him away would have helped. Businessmen? Accountants? It beggars belief!

    Another thing – as Coyle has admitted the lads “were running on empty” at the end of the season, will he lessen the number of pre-season friendlies and take a long hard look at his training methods and squad rotation? I doubt it, as he does not seem to learn from experience/mistakes.

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