As a news story finally breaks regarding possible incomings at the Reebok, it soon becomes clear… they’re not the names fans hoped they’d be
Opinions, solutions and strategies have been in abundance amongst Wanderers` supporters, of how to get the team out of its slump. So much so, the tedium of so many conflicting theories circulating is only dwarfed by the monotony of what is produced on the pitch.
It is a terrible time to be a Bolton fan.
Apart from a small minority of supporters, new recruits to the moribund team are the desired elixir for an injection of enthusiasm, at least. So when a news story finally breaks involving Bolton Wanderers and possible new-signings, the pulse begins to rise. A slight upturn in pulse-rate of excitement is much more welcome than the sky-high blood pressure experienced during game-time. But like the majority of substance associated with BWFC nowadays, the excitement doesn`t last long.
We`ve all got players` names on our mind who we`d hope Dougie would pursue. We may also have teams in the Premier League who we`d like to raid. But the two players and team they currently play will not have been at the forefront of your medial temporal lobe.
The Wanderers are being linked with a double loan swoop for Cardiff City duo Mark Hudson and Joe Mason.
With Wanderers sitting bottom of the Championship, after making their worst start to a campaign since 1902, Dougie Freedman will no doubt be ruing the lack of leadership in defence. A glaring issue in the early stages of the campaign, Freedman looks to be trying to fill that void by bringing in the experienced Hudson. The 31-year-old captained Cardiff to the Championship title last season, but has been restricted to just two Capital One Cup ties so far this season and may be allowed to leave the Bluebirds on a temporary basis.
Joe Mason, the 22-year-old forward. like Hudson, has only featured in cup competition this term but featured heavily in last year’s promotion winning side. The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international joined Cardiff from Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2011, for £250,000, and has since gone on to score 18 goals in 77 appearances for the club – 34 of which have come from the substitute’s bench.
Who knows, these two players may be just what we need at the club. Dougie may know them personally as well as professionally and has targeted the Bluebirds` duo for reasons beyond their abilities on the ball. To me, however, this smells of desperation. I have an unnerving feeling that Dougie has exhausted desired targets so much so, he has missed out on other names he coveted. Now, he`s at the bare-bones of who is available and affordable.
Whichever player we get in- if we do get someone in- they can`t perform any worse than what we have available to us at the moment. Whether they have the desired effect, however?
Am I being too harsh on the Cardiff duo? Please, enlighten me. Because if we do sign the pair, I will welcome them to the Reebok like I do every new recruit. But if they just sit warming the bench for weeks, used sparingly, I swear, I will go medieval on Dougie`s?
Please discuss? I`m having a lie down.