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Eagles to soar after landing at the Reebok

By Rob
Friday 29th July 2011
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle completed a shrewd bit of business today, landing former Manchester United trainee Chris Eagles from the gaffer's former club Burnley.

In the same week Matty Taylor moved on to Wanderers wannabes West Ham, reuniting with former manager Sam Allardyce, for £2.2 million despite only having 12 months remaining on his contract. This deal represents a great move for Wanderers, offloading an average, bit-part and inconsistent left-back turned left midfielder for an exciting, tricky winger in the form of Eagles.

Eagles has shown plenty of promise at Turf Moor, and it's a surprise that he's never been given a real opportunity to show what he can do at Premiership level. But, now he has been given that chance, he will hopefully provide Wanderers with a bit of quality and cutting-edge they have been sorely lacking for some time. For an example of his quality, check out this beauty of a goal he scored for Man United against FC Shenzhen: 

Eagles should nicely compliment the hard work ethic of midfielders Stuart Holden, Fab Muamba and the new addition of Nigel Reo-Coker to, along with Chung Yong-Lee, provide a dash of guile, creativity and goal threat to opposition defences that certainly didn't exist towards the end of last season.

The lank-haired winger told the club website: "I know that it is a good squad so the challenge for me will be to work hard and then look to contribute. I am an attacking midfielder and I will certainly be looking to chip in with some goals."

This is an exciting signing for Bolton fans, who were beginning to wonder when Coyle was going to bolster his squad for next season. Competition in the Wanderers midfield is good, while it looks as though there's some hope that star defender Gary Cahill may well stay with the club (although there's then the threat he leaves on a free next year).

All we need now is a striker who can get on the end of the creativity provided by the likes of Eagles, Lee and Martin Petrov and bang a few goals in. I'm counting David N'Gog, who the club have been linked with recently, out of this category. Daniel Sturridge on loan for another season would be a perfect addition, if Mr Villas-Boas would be so kind.

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