This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Bolton Wanderers fans will be relishing the trip to Gillingham this weekend, following the successful takeover of the club by Football Ventures (Whites) Limited, as confirmed in a statement released on the club website.
With the management and playing staff decimated by events at the University of Bolton Stadium, the task of re-building commences in earnest, with former players like defender Jack Hobbs linked with a return to the club, having agreed terms with the Trotters in early August, his registration was held back by the EFL until the club’s takeover was confirmed.
Though it now appears a deal for Hobbs will go through, as per the Bolton News.
So would Hobbs be a good addition at Bolton?
“It could be.
“He’s a good defender on his day and has experience at the higher levels of the game whilst he’d be committed to the Bolton cause.
“He has had a fair few injuries over the years but when he is fit he is an astute player and Bolton need experience right now.
“I think it’s worth the risk with his fitness to get him in as he is one player that the younger lads at the football club can look up to and that’s what the Trotters need most of all right now.”
“I think it makes perfect sense.
“On the whole, Hobbs had a pretty good time at Bolton during his last spell and is someone the fans would most-likely welcome back.
“The Trotters need players badly and I think bringing in anyone they can who already knows the club is a smart move – it will increase the chances of them hitting the ground running.
“I still think it will be a tough as for Bolton to survive but at least now they will get to have a genuine go at survival.”
“Hobbs would represent a solid first addition for Bolton following the sale of the club, as they just need to get some senior players on their books at this stage.
“Bolton’s youngsters have done an excellent job in tough circumstances, but I’m sure Bolton fans would just be happy to see any senior players come through the door to support them.
“Hobbs is normally a class act in the centre of defence and I think he would be particularly strong plying his trade in League One.
“The defender has also been linked with a return to Bolton for much of the summer, so he is clearly committed to the club as he could have easily pursued other opportunities. Bolton need players like Hobbs who truly care about the club in order to get back on the club back on its feet.”