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Are Bolton’s Reinforcements Good Enough To Keep Them Up?

Bolton have had a tough season so far, languishing in 17th place and just 1 point above the relegation zone. Many fans may worry things are set to get even tougher for the club after Gary Cahill’s departure to Chelsea. The club were also one of several who failed with big money bids for Palace’s Wilfred Zaha.

However, the Transfer window wasn’t a complete loss and the club also managed to bring 3 exciting, young players. But will these newcomers be enough to keep the club up?

 Tim Ream

You would be forgiven for saying ‘who?’. Ream is a 24 year old American centre-back. He has a reputation as a solid, old-style defender, and has grown measurably as a player over the last few years. Ream joined Bolton from Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bull’s for almost £3million, and is a natural replacement for Cahill in the Bolton back-line.

Big shoes to fill. With all respect to the MLS, marking the likes of RVP and Rooney, may prove to be slightly tougher than Danny Dichio or Kenny Deuchar.

But let’s not write him off yet. He has 7 caps for the U.S national team and has had to face off against some of the worlds best on the international level. He also showed his commitment to the club by cancelling his honeymoon to make sure the signing went through. Got to love a player who’ll but the club before his wife.

He may not be a ready-made replacement for Cahill, but at 24 he may yet grow in to one. However, with Bolton’s situation as it is he may be thrown into the deep end and have to learn quickly.

I think he’ll swim.

 Marvin Sordell

£4million, might not seem a lot in today’s mega-money Premiership, but it’s a surprisingly big fee for a 20 year old from the Championship, and it shows Coyle must think Sordell has something special.

The Scot told the club’s website, “I am delighted to have brought Marvin to our club, as there were a number of other Premier League clubs tracking him”.

“We know that he has great potential and I am really looking forward to working with him”.

Sordell has certainly been a success at Vicarage Road. At his young age, he has already made 80 appearances and scored 27 goals for the club. Good, but good enough to keep Bolton up?

Well, he may not have to. It seems Sordell will be a signing for the future, and he is unlikly to usurp Kevin Davies, David Ngog, or any others place in the first team.

A good young player, but unlikely to be of much impact this season.

Ryo Miyaichi

Has previously been branded the Japanese Messi. So no pressure then. One of the reason Bolton have suffered this season is a lack of spark. A lack of creativity and speed, that the injured Lee Cheong-Yong often provided last season. Ryo may possibly go some way to replacing him (and not just because their both Asian).

The 19 year old winger joins the Wanderers on loan from Arsenal for the rest of the season. Bolton previously benefit from a similar deal for Jack Wilshere, and will hope Miyaichi can emulate this.

With only 2 Gunners first team appearances, some may wonder if he is ready for the first team?

Well, yes, he is. He was somewhat of a sensation last season when on loan to Feyenoord. Eredivisie may not be the EPL, but 12 performances, 3 goals, and 1 man of the match performance is not to be sniffed at. His time there saw the Dutch press compare him to Ronaldinho.

Messi, Ronaldinho. Clearly expectations are high. Ryo looks sure to be exciting one way or the other.


 Bolton may have more headlines this January about who they lost, but the Cahill speculation was unsettling for the team. His departure may have been a blessing, and with 3 new youngsters, it seems the window was a least a partial success for Coyle and the Wanderers. I, for one, think these transfers will be enough for them to stay up.

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