Bolton Wanderers intend to use the loan market in the upcoming January transfer window to help fill the squad’s gaps, Ian Evatt has confirmed.
The transfer window opens in over three weeks and Wanderers should be active in the transfer market.
The Wanderers found success in January last season with several successes including Kieran Lee, MJ Williams, Dapo Afolayan and Declan John to help inspire the promotion of League Two.
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Bolton has gaps in the squad to fill, especially in the central midfielder due to Josh Sheehan’s absence for the season and Antoni Sarcevic’s departure for Stockport County.
The Wanderers also currently have Amadou Bakayoko, Lloyd Isgrove and Gethin Jones also absent for the foreseeable future.
Evatt admits that the injury situation has influenced the club’s upcoming transfer strategy and that the loan market should definitely be used in the coming month.
And he believes the Wanderers are an attractive prospect in any Premier League academy for young players looking for League One playing time.
Evatt told the Manchester Evening News: “It (the injuries) has definitely influenced him – one hundred percent. What we’re trying here is to layer the team and improve them gradually, and that sometimes takes two to three transfer windows.
âYou have to remember that we brought in a whole new squad and a whole new squad at the start of last season amid a salary cap.
âIt takes time to move on to a competitive, top-tier League One team. We have to layer up and we’re starting to make plans to do it.
âBut obviously when you have so many injured players we want to make sure we’re fully covered and stocked for the rest of the season, so that’s something we’re looking at carefully. We haven’t really used the loan. walked a lot, so we have that option too.
âIt’s (the loan market) huge, especially with the long term injuries because there’s no point in signing another Josh Sheehan because we know he’s coming back.
âHow do we find someone who can play at Josh Sheehan’s level but have them short term until he comes back? It’s a loan – it’s that simple. We have to look at the loans.
“Obviously the style and the way we play, and the club it is and where we are in the country – we are an attractive proposition for these great Category 1 teams to send their best young players on loan. , so it’s great for us that we’ll have that option. ”