Back homeÖfor now - 02/07/2003
I enjoyed my trip to the states and it looks like thereís a strong chance Iíll be back out there soon. Nothing has been signed yet, but my Visa should be sorted out within the next few weeks and then Iíll be free to commit myself to a medium term contract.
Looking at Boltonís progress, Samís signing of Laville is a massive boost for the club. Of all the players arriving at the Reebok in recent seasons, Florent Laville has made possibly the biggest impact. His partnership with Gudni last season was the deciding factor in keeping Bolton up Ė with Gudni retiring, his signing is all the more welcome.
Although Ivan Campo has not taken up the offer of a new contract, I honestly donít see it as a big blow. Sam ended up changing the shape of the team to accommodate Campo. We all saw how uncomfortable the Spanish player was when he took up the centre-half position, it was only when he played the midfield anchor role that his performances improved. However Iím sure that Sam will prefer the flexibility of not having to play to a certain shape, and thatíll be to the benefit of the team.
The position that worries me is that at centre forward. Weíve struggled for goals over the last couple of season and itís goals that bring you points. Henrik Pederson worked his socks off last year but we really need a few more options up front. The press have mentioned Hakan Sukur, but Iím not too sure myself. He had a very poor World Cup with Turkey Ė who were a team that actually over-performed in the competition. He missed a few chances from three yards and hardly set the world on fire when Graeme Souness had him up the road at Blackburn. Of course thereís still plenty of time until that start of the season and I fully expect Sam to bring in a couple of players yet.
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