Elland Road

Next Game

Leeds v Bolton

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Alexandra Stadium

Last Game

Crewe 2 - 3 Bolton

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Freedman wants more signings

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman would love to make further signings before the end of the transfer window.

Last Updated: 30/07/13 at 09:38 Post Comment

Dougie Freedman: Bolton boss hoping to strengthen squad

Dougie Freedman: Bolton boss hoping to strengthen squad

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Freedman has been given little money by Bolton chiefs this summer and has so far spent only a minimal amount on Jermaine Beckford and Rob Hall, while also adding free agents Alex Baptiste and Marc Tierney to his squad.

Freedman said: "I believe we have made a couple of decent signings - we have not thrown money away.

"But there is room to grow. I think there is room for improvement. We are trying our best to do that."

Bolton have this week been struck by the news that Stuart Holden has suffered another serious knee injury, while Chung Yong Lee and David Ngog are still not fully fit, yet Freedman, who also worked under strict financial restrictions at Crystal Palace, is confident the Whites can once again challenge for a top-six spot in the Championship.

"I know what it takes, how to use a squad, when to be strong. Our results have not been great in pre-season, but you don't want to peak too soon," Freedman told the Daily Mirror.

Having helped nurture the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Jon Williams at Palace, Freedman is once again prepared to give chances to young players this season.

"I'm always excited about working with young players," the Scot added.

"Rob Hall is just 19, he has a long way to go, he has got to be a bit more mature every day in training. It's not a hobby, but a profession.

"I think he has got the talent, but he is only one year into senior football. He is a project, he will take time, but he is showing real signs.

"There's a lad called Sanmi Odelusi who I really love working with. I won't say what we pay him - it's embarrassing - but his enthusiasm is great."

Bolton open the Championship season with a trip to Burnley on Saturday, screened live by Sky Sports 1 (kick-off 12.15).

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Fernando Torres: AC Milan open talks with Chelsea over possible transfer

AC Milan have held talks with Chelsea over the transfer of Fernando Torres, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Bayern Munich sign defender Mehdi Benatia from Roma

Mehdi Benatia has completed his move to Bayern Munich by signing a five-year contract after a successful medical.

Indian Super League: Ex-Juventus star David Trezeguet eyes Alessandro Del Piero reunion

David Trezeguet welcomes the impending arrival of ex Juventus team-mate Alessandro Del Piero in the Indian Super League

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property