Bolton Wanderers managers admits club can’t spend on a top-class striker

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has acknowledged that the club are not in a position to recruit Championship-tested players, although he is hopeful of the hierarchy doing something to reinforce the frontline. The striking department has once more been the weak point for the Trotters through the campaign and they are currently lying in the relegation places heading into the final months of the season.

Speaking to reporters, Parkinson admitted that there are issues left to be sorted in the frontline, which has been weakened by the return of Christian Doidge to parent club Forest Green Rovers. However, he has suggested the need to be realistic with the targets, given they cannot afford any permanent transfers this month.

He said:“I always felt it would be towards the end of the month when we got players in. We knew there were issues to be sorted out. But sometimes you have got to wait to get the better-quality players and make sure you are not just bringing in players for the sake of it. It’s going to be difficult, especially at the top of the pitch, we all know that. Supporters are realistic. You look at the cost of strikers in this division and you are talking about astronomical amounts of money and we know we haven’t got that.”

“Bolton made a quick start off the blocks and they were lying in the playoff positions during the early weeks of the campaign“. However, they have since been on a downslide which has simply failed to halt and this has dropped them “into the relegation places“ with 18 more matches remaining through the campaign.

The Trotters are currently three points behind Rotherham United, who are currently just outside of the bottom three and it remains to be seen whether they can put a shift similar to the previous season to avoid the dreaded drop.