While we’re still waiting for the official retained list, Bolton Wanderers have started to announce the release of players whose contracts are up this summer and won’t be kept on.
Last night, we learned that Jem Karacan would be one such player, and today the club confirmed his departure along with those of Derik Osede, Dorian Dervite, Chris Taylor, Mark Howard, Jan Kirchhoff and Chinedu Obasi.
Proud to have been a part of @OfficialBWFC over the last 15 months. It was great to have been involved in the club returning to the championship and then staying in the division. Will miss being amongst such a great set of lads. Thanks to the fans & good luck for next season. pic.twitter.com/6C6ZUq6KCG
— Jem Paul Karacan (@JemKaracan6) May 23, 2018
It’s difficult to turn around and say any of those departures are a shock. None of them played regular football last season, in fact, Chinedu Obasi never got to play for us, while Chris Taylor didn’t play a game either. Nobody will be too sad to see them go.
Jan Kirchhoff’s injury worries presumably were a huge factor, which is a shame as whoever signs him and keeps him fit will have a decent midfielder. I’d have hoped it would have been Bolton. Derik and Karacan are capable of decent displays on their days and would have made for good backup. Karacan was unfortunate that he had to take time out of the team just as Darren Pratley and Karl Henry established themselves in that position. We’ll always remember his goal against Peterborough. In any case, we could be seeing a remodelled midfield come August.
Mark Howard’s departure may see Jake Turner move to the second-choice goalkeeper, which would be nice to see.
Contract talks with other players are still ongoing, so it’ll be at least a week before we get to see the full list.