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The dilemmas facing Ian Evatt this summer transfer window at Bolton Wanderers

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The 2021/22 season ended up being a rather encouraging one for Bolton Wanderers.

Following their promotion from League Two the previous campaign, the Trotters showed plenty of promise on their return to the third-tier, claiming a ninth place finish in the final standings.

That is something that Ian Evatt’s side will be looking to build on next season, as they target promotion back to the Championship.

If they are to succeed with that, then it is likely the club will have to strengthen during the summer transfer window, something they have already started to do with the addition of Jack Iredale from Cambridge.

But while that may mean that things have started well for Bolton in the market, there are likely to be some more serious issues for them to deal with before the window closes at the start of September.

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So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at two of the transfer market dilemmas that Ian Evatt could face at Bolton over the course of this summer.

Dapo Afolayan interest

Having made his loan move from West Ham permanent last summer, Afolayan enjoyed an excellent season in League One with Bolton, scoring 12 goals and providing four assists in 44 league games.

That however, is something that has attracted plenty of attention in the winger from elsewhere, with Fulham, Cardiff City and Rangers all credited with an interest in the 24-year-old in recent times.

Given those clubs can currently offer Afolayan the chance to play at a higher level than Bolton can, and may have the finances available to fund a deal, this could be a significant concern for Evatt, given his side may now come under some significant pressure as they look to keep hold of one of their key players.

Loan player reunions

Similar to the situation they found themselves in with Afolayan last summer, there are a number of players who had time on loan with Bolton in 2021/22, that the Trotters would surely like to keep.

The likes of Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford and Fulham right-back Marlon Fossey stood out during temporary spells with Evatt’s side this season, and would be welcome additions if they were to return to the University of Bolton Stadium.

However, the success of those players while playing for Evatt’s side may well have attracted interest from other clubs who could benefit from their services, meaning there could now be a battle on for Bolton if they are to secure what would be some rather popular signings.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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