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 are preparing for the weekend where they entertain Rochdale, with Keith Hill’s side looking for their first win of the season as they battle initially to get into a positive points position, before attempting to battle their way out of the League One relegation zone.
Hill is looking at all options to strengthen his squad and has handed a trial to former Derby County midfielder Timi Elsnik, a player who has also previously played for Swindon, Mansfield and Northampton Town, as reported in the Bolton News.
So would Elsnik be a good addition to the Wanderers squad?
“He could be a really interesting addition but it would be a gamble.
“Bolton’s squad was already thin and recent injuries have meant they’re in even more trouble.
“With Liam Bridcutt out, the Trotters could do with some midfield reinforcements and though it would be a gamble, Elsnik could be the answer.
“Elsnik clearly has some talent, having developed through the Derby and Slovenia age-group sides, but has been unable to really cement a place anywhere–hence why he is a free agent.
“At just 21, he could be an interesting player to bring in as a future prospect, though Bolton will likely need him to make an impact right away.”
“I think this could be a good signing for Bolton. I’ve been really impressed with the players the club have signed since Keith Hill took charge, but there’s no doubt that they could still do with a bit more depth and quality.
“Bolton have got a few injuries at the moment and we are approaching a point in the season were the games start to come thick and fast. It’s so important that they add more depth.
“Elsnik is a decent player. He wasn’t quite good enough to make it at Derby, but he could be able to make an impact in League One with Bolton.
“He’s been out on loan at a few different clubs in League Two, so he could have what it takes to make the step up to that level.”
“It’s about Keith Hill getting a balance at Bolton at the moment, which he seems to be doing. The likes of Daryl Murphy and Liam Bridcutt arriving mean that the youngster who started the season have an experienced arm around the shoulder.
“Then. That paves the way for 21-year-olds like Elsnik to come into the equation, settle and make an impact with Wanderers.
“Of course, this is just a trial, and given their troubles recently, Bolton aren’t going to be handing Elsnik a contract for the sake of it, but there’s no harm in taking a look.
“In the long-term I can see Hill taking this approach with a good few players as he searches for the right personnel to take the Trotters back on the right path.”