Ian Evatt has explained why loan deals for Premier League academy prospects have not materialized for Bolton Wanderers.
The transfer window closed for the Trotters yesterday afternoon with no deals being made on deadline day.
ons of bolts last window acquisition turned out to be defender Peter Kioso at Championship side Luton Townwho signed on loan for the rest of the season.
He turned out to be Bolton’s 20th and final signing of the summer transfer window.
A few weeks ago, Evatt confirmed Premier League clubs had been in contact with the Trotters on the prospect of loaning some of their young stars to the Ligue 2 outfit.
But the Bolton boss has explained why the deals ultimately didn’t go over the line.
And he pointed to a combination of wage demands for academy players and whether they would actually be suitable for League Two Wanderers as the main reasons why any potential loans failed to materialise.
He said: “The first is that a lot of these kids now in these big Cat One academies in the Premier League are on mega money and they haven’t kicked a ball near the first team and when you’re governed by a salary cap, Premier League clubs need to be realistic about what they want in terms of returns from us and recouping their wages and salaries.
“Sometimes it hasn’t been realistic because they have silly money, they think Bolton Wanderers can always pay silly money and we can’t.
“We won’t, we want to be sustainable and we’re governed by a salary cap, so that’s part of the reason.
“Number two is just because we’re contacted by Liverpool and Manchester City and they talk about some of their loan players coming here because of the way we play, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re good for us or good for Ligue 2.
“You can be obscured just because they come from Man City or Liverpool.
“For us an advantage is probably to take a Peter Kioso who played men’s football at a lesser club, a Luton in the Championship, but he’s game-ready, game-ready, that’s the difference. .”