As ever, let's divide this month it two completely separate things at The Whites: off and on-the-itch. Off-the-pitch will of course revolve around the potentially shoddy deadline day (that can still be saved) of course. Overall? Mixed.
The opening month of 2018 saw Wanderers play just 3 league game and a cup match. The 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield I'm sure can be filed under the cliché of 'possible blessing in disguise'. In the league, Phil Parkinson's men began the year with a 1-0 win over relegation rivals Hull to make it back-to-back victories for the fist time since promotion was earned in April. I can't remember the goal or who scored it (yes, that petty). This was followed by a 2-0 defeat at Brentford, no shame, then a 1-1 draw with Ipswich. Now, at the time, the point at home to Ipswich I believe was massively overlooked and did underwhelm many supporters, however, as Big Sam always says "respect the point". The Tractor Boys are a safe mid-table side in the 2nd tier, we're a side looking to pull off a miracle; it's a solid point. 4 points from 9 then, not an outrageously good or bad return, consistently inconsistent etc etc... that form should keep us up.
Like a tabloid gossip column, I'm glad to say that the on-the pitch stuff (you know, the relevant detail) is over now. Let us focus on the hysteria surrounding Wanderers' transfer business. One man out, still cant remember who, for a decent reported fee with Charsley on loan as well as the deadline day arrivals of Jon Flanagan, Reece Burke, Tyler Walker and Zach Clough; all on loan. Individually, bar Flanagan, all useful and reasonable acquisitions. However, one key area (two if you don't overlook a failure to replace Josh Cullen) has been left empty - the successor to the £6 million man. As I am writing this, Michiel Kramer could well sign on a free transfer from Feyenoord. The point is, due to lack of foresight that has left Parkinson quite fairly and seemingly frustrated, Wanderers are now in a worse position to stay up tan they were this time last week. Despite the resurgence. I've always had doubts and been heavily critical of Mr Ken and Lee Anderson; their lies are consistent and obvious so it is difficult to be so angry about that now. Now, having said that, if Bolton do manage to add Kramer or a competent striker of that ilk then I'll be happy to admit I believe the January window has been a success.
I have 100% belief that Bolton will stay up. I truly believe Mr Parkinson can adjust and manufacture an effective starting XI from the
squad he has been left. It may take 2-3 games but I'm certain that we won't be cut too far adrift. Onto tonight...