After securing promotion from League One at the first time of asking, Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson will surely make tying central defensive duo David Wheater and Dorian Dervite down to new contracts his top priority.
The Trotters boasted by far the best defensive record in the third tier last season so why change a winning formula? And that’s without mentioning the fact that the reborn Wheater contributed nine league goals at the other end in an exceptional individual campaign.
However, it appears that Parkinson is still on the lookout for defensive reinforcements as the club aim to survive their first season back in the Championship. And, according to Kent Live, they are willing to offer Charlton Athletic defender Jason Pearce another opportunity in the second tier.
The 29-year-old has previously enjoyed spells at Portsmouth and Leeds United so has plenty of experience under his belt. However, while Pearce would be something of a ‘safe’ buy, you can’t help wondering whether he would really improve the options at Parkinson’s disposal.
After all, Pearce hardly stood out in the second tier in recent years.
Instead, perhaps Bolton should give an opportunity to a talented young defender with his career sprawling out in front of him rather than one who appears set for a life bouncing around the lower leagues.
New Rob Holding?
The Daily Record recently reported that Bolton had joined the chase for £750,000-rated Partick Thistle defender Liam Lindsay with Charlton Athletic and Leeds United also tracking his progress.
The 21-year-old remains a raw talent having only featured in two full seasons in the Scottish top flight but the fact he was the only player included in the Team of the Year outside of Celtic and Aberdeen speaks volumes about his progression.
If Bolton snare the Scotland youth international, there’s no guaranteeing how he’d adapt to the Championship. Yet, if all goes well, they could have one of Britain’s most talented young defenders on their hands with a massive re-sale value to boot.
For a cash-strapped club, clever investment is key.