‘Can’t blame him,’ ‘Good riddance’ – Plenty of Bolton fans react as latest senior player departs

Midfielder Erhun Oztumer has left Bolton Wanderers, leaving the club with only five senior players under contract.

The Trotters are currently in administration, but the adjournment and amendment of a court order relating to Laurence Bassini’s failed takeover bid earlier this year seem to have finally facilitated the completion of a sale to the Football Ventures consortium.

Wanderers fielded their youngest ever team, with an average age of just nineteen, for Saturday’s League One draw against Coventry after some senior players allegedly refused to play amid financial and contractual disputes with the club.

Oztumer signed for Bolton from Walsall last summer but made just nineteen appearances in a disappointing spell which saw Wanderers relegated from the Championship.

The social media reaction to Oztumer’s departure by many fans reflects the disappointment of some with how the senior players still left at the club have behaved. Others felt there could be no blame attached to a player who the club have struggled to pay.

It appears there is a division amongst Bolton fans on their view of a player who failed to establish himself at the Reebok, but manager Phil Parkinson also came in for criticism for failing to give the twenty-eight-year-old more opportunities to prove his worth.

Here is a selection of responses to the news on Twitter.

 

1 Comment

  1. when he did get played he spent most of the match watching the ball sail over his head.
    He probably left to alleviate stress to his neck-bone.

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