Bolton Wanderers are looking longer term in their transfer strategy this month and Ian Evatt believes that they can find value in the transfer market.
January is a notoriously difficult window to navigate, every club that has fallen below expectations in the first half of the season is desperate to recruit with those at the top end searching for deals that could prove the difference in their promotion pushes.
Bolton are in the former category, the Trotters have struggled to live up to the extremely high performance levels they showed at the beginning of the campaign and have fallen to within four points of the relegation zone as a result.
Evatt described the type of players that Wanderers are interested in when he spoke to The Bolton News.
He said: “We are not going to overspend, or buy our way out of this division, or put ourselves at risk ever again. We have worked tirelessly to get to this stage where we can make those strategic investments. It is not to overspend, it is to live within our means and gain assets on the pitch.
“We are able to do that now and it has been a long time since we could say that, so huge credit to those involved. We want players who have a good financial value, who are maybe coming to the end of their contract and not looking to renew.”
With so many big clubs coming down from the Championship in recent seasons, it has been very congested at the top of the third tier this term, and that in turn will have a knock-on effect on the transfer market. Evatt explained that this month could be an opportunity to get deals over the line that may not be possible if the Trotters wait until the summer.
He continued: “At the end of the day if we wait to the summer in a free market maybe we can’t afford to battle against some of the bigger teams and budgets in this league, and certainly higher. We are trying to get ahead of the game and bring these players in early, get them playing for us and developing our squad as best we can.”
Dion Charles has already made his way through the door at Bolton this month and the Northern Irishman will have the chance to impress in his new colours when Bolton travel to Hartlepool in the EFL Trophy this evening.
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Evatt tends to speak very well on matters like this outside of the club’s on the pitch performances. It is reassuring for the supporters to hear that the Trotters are not going to get carried away and spend beyond their means in January, with what has gone on in the last few years that will come as a relief.
Having won just two of their last 12 matches, Bolton need to turn things around or they will become embroiled in a relegation battle and with a growing injury list there are key areas of the squad that need replenishing. January’s calendar is not kind to Bolton, playing three top half sides and in-form Shrewsbury Town, if the Trotters hurtle towards the bottom four in that time then Evatt could be beginning to run out of credit in the bank.