Lots of Bolton signings have been disappointing in recent years, but this one was in a different way.
Erhun Oztumer left Bolton Wanderers this morning, after a court appeal found in his favour yesterday and was allowed to depart the club for nothing with a year left on his contract.
Bolton signings have been disappointing usually because they were just not very exciting, and usually often past their best. This was different. We signed Oztumer on a free, but ahead of a number of other clubs, most in the Championship. We’d seen him at first hand when he scored for long range against us for Walsall, and was meant to be at front of centre of efforts to add a bit of an antidote for those who really couldn’t stomach our style of play.
Early signs looked bright, as he came off the bench to score at Leeds in the League Cup, but that was the only goal he would ever score for us. In and out of the team for the first half of the season, then almost out of the club last January, only a failure to sign a striker kept him here. The next time Wanderers were at Leeds, Oztumer was snapped sat on his own.
He played in the opening day defeat at Wycombe, but an injury had since kept him out, and now he has gone.
We hoped for so much better, a ‘dream move’ for the player ultimately turned sour, while we never really saw what he was capable of. Neither player nor fanbase will be too gutted about this departure. For the Turkish Messi, this chapter in his career will be more of a Turkish Mess.