Bolton made their third summer signing today, with the signing of defender George Taft.
This one didn’t quite have the long build-up that the previous two had. Eoin Doyle and Antoni Sarcevic were badly kept secrets for weeks before they were officially announced. Taft was a quieter arrival, his name was mentioned last week, but apart from that there wasn’t too much, not even the obligatory Twitter replies to every post the club made to ‘announce x.’
Anyway, Taft is a left-sided central defender who can also play at left back. He’s tall, something which his former boss Gary Rowett has praised him for (although the last time I checked, your height is something you have no control over) but can also play from the back, telling the club site, ‘I’m a big lad so I’m good in the air, but I also like to play and bring the ball out from the back and start things off. How Ian wants us to play means it is crucial that I can do that.’
Taft joins after being released by Cambridge United, seemingly due to the financial fallout from the pandemic rather than any footballing will to get rid of him. He’s an experienced League Two defender, despite being the relatively young age of 27. He’s spent the last six seasons playing at this level, which suggests he’s a solid, reliable signing for us rather than someone who will be a superstar. But he fits what Evatt appears to be looking for, and like Doyle and Sarcevic, have apparent course and distance experience. It’s also good to see we are looking at defensive signings too.