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2 alternatives Bolton Wanderers must be considering instead of 30-y/o defender



Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers are in talks to sign Spanish defender Raul Albentosa on a free transfer, according to reports from The Sun (12th February, page 53).

Reports claim that the Trotters, who are fighting for their lives at the bottom end of the table, are looking to bolster their defensive options with the signing of Albentosa, whose most recent spell in England is one to forget.

The 30-year old is mostly recognised for his disappointing spell at Derby County, where he made just eight appearances for the Rams after signing for the East Midlands club from Eibar in 2015.

The centre-half has been without a club since departing Spanish second tier outfit Deportiva la Coruna last month, and his time at Pride Park is enough to make Bolton fans wince straight away.

With the club’s precarious financial position and the opportunity to sign free agents still available, here, we take a look at two free-agent alternatives that Bolton should be considering instead of Albentosa…

Christopher Samba

Samba has been without a club since his departure from Aston Villa at the end of last season, where the 34-year old featured 14 times for the Villans in all competitions, in a season where Steve Bruce’s men reached the play-off final.

You know what you are going to get with Samba – he’s a powerful, strong, no-nonsense centre-half, who at 6-foot-4, will head everything away and bully strikers.

The Trotters have conceded 47 goals in the league this term, however the addition of Samba could really help in shoring up their leaky defence – he’s proven himself to be a talented defender in the Premier League back in the day, and he is a much safer option than Albentosa.

Johan Djourou

Djourou has been without a club since his departure from Italian Serie A side S.P.A.L in January, but is a vastly experienced defender who has played at the highest level for the vast majority of his career.

The Swiss international joined Arsenal as a youngster, and went on to make over 140 appearances for the Gunners during a nine-year stay at the North London club.

At 32 years of age, the central defender still has a lot to offer, and he would be a shrewd addition for Phil Parkinson’s men.

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