While Bolton Wanderers brought in plenty of new faces during the January transfer window, they also missed out on the return of a more familiar one, in the shape of Liam Bridcutt.
The midfielder had spent the first half of the season on loan at Bolton from Nottingham Forest, making 12 appearances in total, with manager Keith Hill even handing him the captain’s armband.
Speaking after the close of the transfer window, Hill revealed that he had spoken with Bridcutt on deadline day, about a potential return to Bolton for the rest of the season.
In the end however, Bridcutt decided to head for a different destination, instead joining Wanderers’ League One rivals Lincoln City on loan until the end of the campaign.
As a result, Bolton will have to fight against a seemingly inevitable relegation from League One without a player who has arguably one of their best performers since their relegation from the Championship last summer.
So should the club have done more in the January window to try and bring Bridcutt back to the University of Bolton Stadium?
We put that question to some of the club’s fans on ‘The Reebok Roar Bolton Wanderers Supporters Group’ Facebook page to get their thoughts and the matter, and here, we’ve taken a look at what some of them had to say, with some interesting analogies emerging…
Damien Hardy: “Apparently he wanted to go Lincoln not come back to us. His decision. And I wouldn’t want someone in the squad who didn’t want to be there.”
Neal Ogden: “In total agreement. Would rather have people who want to be here playing for this club than someone “press-ganged” into wearing the shirt.”
Barry Watson: “Imagine you are offered two subcontractor jobs for the same amount of time and the same amount of money. Except for one of them you have to live in a hotel on your own for the next 3 and a half months or commute 6/8 hours a day. The other allows you the opportunity to be home with your family at around dinner. What are you going to do?”
Jim Mort: “Exactly right Barry Watson he wanted to be nearer to home. Let’s move on and see how this team works together with the latest loanees.”
Barry Watson: “People forget it’s just a job to him and he’ll have gone through the exact same thought process a builder would.”
Matthew Mullineaux: “Always injured anyway.”
Mark Crowther: “Don’t need him.”