Bolton added to their ranks yesterday when Joe Dodoo was signed on a free transfer.
Dodoo had been linked with us for a few weeks – he had cancelled his contact at his previous club Rangers before the summer transfer window shut and ever since then the University of Bolton Stadium seemed a likely destination.
The striking situation has been a bit thin – all three ‘senior’ strikers were injured until recently – Daryl Murphy did make his debut last weekend, but Connor Hall and Chris O’Grady are still unavailable, and to be honest I really doubt how useful O’Grady can be for us. Dodoo gives us another option, although it will be an unproven one. He has the potential and ability there – in his early days at Leicester Claudio Ranieri rated him and managed four goals in four appearances he made for the Foxes, while scoring a reasonable five goals in 25 for Rangers in his first season, coming off the bench a lot of the time.
He hasn’t been able to find consistency over the last couple of seasons though, scoring 8 in 33 in loan spells at Charlton and Blackpool. Joining a club permanently where he might, even should, get more starts may play into his hands. It’s another good option to have up front, whether he’s going to start ahead of Daryl Murphy, and what he does have is pace, while is not the be and end all, is an option which Murphy or O’Grady probably can’t match.
There is now only one space left if we want to make any more free signings as per our embargo – Ben Marshall was apparently being lined up, but there haven’t been any developments there.