Bolton Wanderers are being linked with a move for former Derby County defender Raul Albentosa this morning, according to reliable journalist, Alan Nixon.
The towering 30-year-old is currently a free agent having recently been released by Deportivo La Coruna. He last played for Gimnastic of the Segunda Division, but once his loan spell there ended, Deportivo cancelled his contract.
BOLTON. Raul Albentosa due in. Free agent centre half. Been in Spain. Briefly at Derby couple of years back.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) February 12, 2019
He’s now reportedly flying out to the UK to secure a deal with relegation-haunted Bolton Wanderers. They’re on a terrible run of form, having won just one match in the Championship since September 29th. They’re four points adrift of safety, having only avoided relegation on the final day of last season.
The 6ft 4in defender played eight times for Derby in the Championship in 2015/16, before returning to Spain. Whilst he would represent reinforcements, something Bolton struggled to add in the winter window, there’s plenty of reasons why he won’t be their saviour.
FLW looks at THREE reasons why the ex-Derby man is not going to ease Bolton’s relegation worries…
Conceding not the main problem
Bolton have conceded 47, but that’s not a terrible amount. Blackburn, way up in 13th, have conceded the same. Tenth placed Aston Villa have conceded two more.
The problem is up front. The Trotters have scored 20, three fewer than bottom placed Ipswich and 12 fewer than Reading in the final relegation spot.
They don’t need shoring up at the back, they need a striker.
Off-field issues overshadowing everything
It doesn’t matter who they sign or what happens on the field, the club have become a basket case off it and that will destabilise anything Phil Parkinson does with the playing squad.
The recent winding up order is just the latest development in a long line of troubles for the Trotters and a 30-year-old centre back from Spain won’t change any of that.
Decent centre-half pairing already
In Mark Beevers and Jack Hobbs, Bolton have a decent pair of centre halves already. They’ve got experience, could both play for teams much higher up the Championship and have had decent seasons.
The only benefit to bringing in Albentosa is if they’re planning on selling one in the summer. Beevers was in demand in the summer and is a saleable asset.