Number of Bolton Wanderers loan departures pinpointed as Ian Evatt reveals squad conversations


Bolton Wanderers expect there to be no more than two loan depratures from the club in the coming days as the January transfer window approaches its climax.

Wanderers are seeking to make further reinforcements towards the end of the window and add to their excellent business done so far.

Bolton are seeking to make two new signings before 11pm strikes on Monday, January 31.

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But outgoings are also on the cards and could add to departures that have already occurred this month.

Eoin Doyle has left to return home to the Republic of Ireland and joined St Patrick’s Athletic, while Ali Crawford has completed a permanent switch to St Johnstone.

Harry Brockbank has also departed to join El Paso Locamotive in the USA, while Dennis Politic has joined Italian side Cremonese for an undisclosed fee.

On the loan front, Liam Edwards has extended his time at Southport and Adam Senior has joined Chorley with both staying at their respective non-league clubs until the end of the season.

Evatt expects there to be a couple more departures on that front and explained that players such as Senior need men’s first team football to develop.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “Not many, I would think one or two (loan departures). It’s re-visiting that gap between the under-18s and the first team, and I think midweek really highlights that.

“The way this season has gone and with the Covid situation, I’m petrified to play any first-team players in the reserves. In turn, that means the young lads have had to fulfill these fixtures and you can see when they come up against experienced players or under-23 teams, they’re just not ready for it.

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“At the moment, Adam is suffering from that so he needs to go out and play men’s football, which will do him well. I understand he was very good on Tuesday and man of the match, so long may that continue.”

Evatt has mentioned that some players in his squad have options to head out on loan and, if that is not taken, then they face the prospect of being deregistered from the club’s EFL squad list.

Clubs in League One can name 22 players over the age of 21 in their squads.

Evatt suggested that those players who are not involved in squads or coming off the bench are those who fit into the bracket who could be up for loan or face being deregistered, but insisted that he will not force any players out of the University of Bolton Stadium .

He said: “The players know where they stand. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand if you’re not getting involved in squads and not coming off the bench, you kind of know where you sit. That’s how it is.

“There will be some conversations to be had in the next couple of days, especially if we get these two players over the line, and things will happen quickly.

“We will never force anyone out of this football club – it’s just not the way we do things. But what we will do is give them options and make sure they understand where they fit, where they stand with us.

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“Then it’s their decision. That’s just football and the nature of the beast unfortunately.”


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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