Bolton Wanderers Boss Makes Transfer Revelation

Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt has moved to calm supporters about their lack of transfer activity as we head towards the end of the current window.

Speaking to the Bolton News, Evatt has said he is ‘comfortable and relaxed’ despite being unable to make significant moves with only a week or so left from the January window. The Trotters are hunting a spot in the Championship but suffered a damaging defeat against Leyton Orient at the weekend and need reinforcements to help push them over the line.

They have been linked with players who have since moved elsewhere, notably Luton Town striker Joe Taylor, who joined Lincoln City, and Manchester United midfielder Dan Gore, who was reported to be heading to Port Vale. Despite these disappointments, Evatt claims he is happy with where his side are in terms of recruitment.

“I would say I am even more confident and relaxed than I was at the start of the window – so you can take that as you will,” he told The Bolton News.

“I think we are in a really good place. Whatever business we do, people will hopefully see the benefit, and they’ll be excited by it. For now, it is hard work behind the scenes. There are lots of conversations. There are some exciting things happening. But, for now, there is nothing to report.”

Evatt is in the market for a striker, with Dan N’Lundulu injured until the end of the season. The top end of the pitch is one where managers find quality comes at a premium, as confirmed by the former Barrow boss.

“There is a domino effect, especially with centre-forwards; we have had so many phone calls,” he added. “Everybody wants them, and even when they are not in the team, they still want them.

“We have a really good squad of players that we are happy with, but we want to add to it if we can. There is a lot of good work happening behind the scenes, and I have lots of confidence that when this window closes, we will be stronger again.”

Bolton have been one of the League One teams with little business done so far in the window. Declan John saw his loan to League Two Salford City extended, and Evatt is thought to be interested in Blackburn’s Niall Ennis, but as yet, no movement has been forthcoming.

Writer’s View

Bolton do need a little lift to get them over the line – with the right incomers at this stage, they’ll be a frightening prospect for anyone in the division. They have better options going forward than most, but if you want to be the best, you have to have a deep squad.

There’s never a need for panic at this stage of the window. Movement will begin to happen later this week, perhaps early next, and as one player moves it will start to free up chains, much like buying a house.

Bolton are a big club, attractive in the League One market, and they’ll be able to attract the sort of players that perhaps Fleetwood and Exeter City cannot. Trotters’ fans should trust in a manager who has only ever taken them in one direction and will continue to do so, whatever happens between now and the end of next week.

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