Macron Stadium

Next Game

Bolton v Derby

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Freedman: Keep the faith

Dougie Freedman has conceded that Bolton Wanderers are unlikely to land a 'big name' but hopes supporters trust his judgement.

Last Updated: 18/07/14 at 17:52 Post Comment

Dougie Freedman: Bolton boss confident he will find the right additions

Dougie Freedman: Bolton boss confident he will find the right additions

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

A new striker remains a top priority for those charged with the task of bringing fresh faces into the Reebok Stadium.

Former loan star Lukas Jutkiewicz figured prominently on their wish list, but he has left Middlesbrough to step up into the Premier League with Burnley.

Freedman has been forced back to the drawing board as a result, but believes his track record when it comes to recruitment suggests he is capable of unearthing another hidden gem.

He told the Bolton News: “I’ll say right now that we’re probably not going to get a big name through the door who’s done everything.

“But then I’d remind a few people that when Lukas Jutkiewicz came in, people were asking ‘who’s this guy?’

“I’d like to think that fans understand how I work, how I bring players in and try to make them better.

“It can take time to find the right one because I’m not going to just sign someone for the sake it, that spells panic in my book.

“It might not be the big player that everyone wants but I believe it can be a player who everyone can again take to their hearts like a Jutkiewicz, a Craig Dawson, a Joe Mason, a Liam Feeney or a Kevin McNaughton.”

While Freedman will have the final say on who is drafted in this summer, he is looking for his scouting department to offer valuable support in the pursuit of the right additions.

He added: “Putting all that in place was one of the first major things I did here behind the scenes.

“Listen, I know that results in the first six months of last season did not reflect the hard work that has gone in there, but I firmly believe in time they will.

“We’ve really ripped apart the scouting structure at the club. We are using younger guys, dynamic guys, using state of the art technology to find players who will play in a certain way.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski to sign for Galatasaray on Saturday

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski will complete his transfer to Galatasaray this afternoon.

England's Laura Bassett: 'I wish no-one knew my name'

Laura Bassett says she is still deeply hurting after her stoppage-time own goal ended England Women’s World Cup dream.

Gerrard turned down Euro move

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a "couple of nice opportunities" to move to a club in Europe in order to sign for Los Angeles Galaxy.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company