Date: 20th March 2015 at 5:58pm
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People need to take their oppourtunities

I’d like to start off by wishing Fernando Torres a very happy birthday. The Spanish striker also happens to share his birthday with Vital Bolton’s editor…

Following the 1-0 defeat to Ipswich Town, Giles Coke was interviewed. He went into great depths about the match before talking about signing for Bolton; the latter is what interests me and is what I’ll talk about today.

The Sheffield Wednesday loanee made it clear how ‘honoured’ he was to play for a club of Bolton’s stature. He is out of contract in the summer and he would be dumb not to try to pursue a move to the big Championship called Bolton Wanderers that plays at the Macron stadium.

Having seen the teams he’s played for: Bury, Motherwell etc… this is a big step up to what he’s used to. No disrespect to Sheffield Wednesday who are a very big club with a rich history, however they have been in League 1 in recent years while we had been in the Premier League until 2012. We have a continental manager, established coaches and a state of the art stadium and training facilities.

This is a huge oppourtunity for Coke to impress and win himself a contract here. The likes of Neil Danns, Liam Trotter and Liam Feeney in the last season managed to impress enough to earn themselves permanent deals here and Coke will be hoping to do the same.

While our finances are limited and our squad not as strong as it used to be, our recent history, infrastructure and most importantly manager’s reputation makes Bolton Wanderers a more attractive proposition then many other clubs in this division.

I am not certain about Coke’s ability, having only seen him play live for 45 minutes in a Bolton shirt I think it would be unfair to come to any conclusions, but what I can say is that that is the type of player I want playing at my football club- someone who is honoured and humbled to wear the shirt, walk out on the grass and fight for Bolton Wanderers. Obviously, I don’t want someone who can’t play football but works hard- yes, there is a balance.

However, this is a very good test for Coke to see what he can do to earn a contract, while Lennon can assess him. The same also goes for the likes of Rochinha, Ben Amos and Saidy Janko who could all return to Bolton next season.

What are your views on this?

 

One Reply to “BWFC: Chance Of A Lifetime”

  • Belated birthday wishes, Nicky! My personal views on this are that there’s a balance to be struck. During the best years under Big Sam, we had a mixture of players who’d die for the shirt and players like Okocha, Djorkaeff, Campo, Hierro and Anelka who wouldn’t die for any shirt but could really change things in any game. That sort of player will never put in 100% all the time, because their undoubted class means it’s not necessary for them to do so in order to hold down a first team place and make other managers from bigger clubs come sniffing around with offers of more money. It’s the manager’s job to integrate these two groups, and ensure that there isn’t anyone else in there who’s not a class act and who doesn’t care.

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