Player Search Leaves Sam Frustrated

Last updated : 19 January 2004 By Mark Heys
Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce has said the ongoing need to bring in new players to the club during January has left him frustrated, and fears that he may be forced into panic buying as the closure of the transfer window draws nearer.

So far Allardyce has been unsuccesful in bringing the right players at the right price to the club since the window opened 19 days ago with only Javi Moreno thus far joining the Bolton ranks.

The Bolton boss feels he should be spending more time with his current set of players as they prepare for an important game in the Carling Cup Semi Final against Aston Villa rather than jetting off to look for new faces to add to the depleted squad.

"It is not what I want to be doing at this stage of the season, but it is a necessity, so I have to, obviously the backroom staff can cope, but personally I would like to be with them, and I think I should be at this stage. But going through a transfer window and an eight-game period in that time as well, makes it virtually impossible to do the right job in each department. So I've got to make sure I make the right transfer selections, even if they are only short term." Allardyce said

"But with so little time to do that, everybody knows the more pressure you are under, the more you are rushed and the more mistakes you make. That's an unfortunate situation I am having to cope with at the moment."

Meanwhile Bolton are one of a number of clubs interested in taking Guatemalan striker Dwight Pezzarossi on trial. The Communicaciones player is keen to return to Europe having previously played for Racing Ferrol in Spain and Bolton are said to be in the hunt along with Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers.