Bolton have announced the signing of striker Nathan Delfouneso.
The biggest surprise I had was that Delfouneso is still only 29, given that he seems to have been around forever. He broke into the Aston Villa at a young age in the 2008-09 season, and while initially involved was eventually sent out on a series of loans before finally departing once and for all for Blackpool in 2014.
His goalscoring record isn’t great overall, he’s never had more than nine in a season (for Blackpool in League One in 2017-18), while in his only previous League Two season he scored five goals, although that was in just 18 games as Blackpool were promoted via the playoffs, so maybe he could get double figures for the first time in his senior career.
Ultimately though, Delfouneso hasn’t being signed purely for his goal scoring ability, Ian Evatt seems quite happy to put his cards on the table when talking about his signings, and nothing was different here. “He brings pace and quality to the side and we are excited to see what he and Eoin (Doyle) can do as a forward partnership,” he said to the club website.
It sounds like Doyle and Delfouneso will be the first choice strike partnership, Delfouneso the one dropping deep and going wide if needed, allowing Doyle to stay in the danger areas and do the scoring.
So don’t expect loads of goals from Delfouneso. It’d be nice if he could get 10 for himself over the course of the season, but we’re signing someone to compliment Eoin Doyle rather than his backup.