BWFC Player of the Season Nominee - Adam Bogdan

  • April 20, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Voting for the 2013/14 Bolton Wanderers Player of the Season is now open. Here, we analyse one of the nominees - Adam Bogdan.

Since dislodging Jussi Jaaskelainen as first choice goalkeeper at the Reebok Stadium back in January 2012, Bogdan has had a tough time both on and off the field as he battles to convince everybody, possibly even himself, that he is good enough to fill the void left by the big Finn's departure later that year.

Wanderers were relegated from the Premier League just four months after the Hungary international established himself as the club's number one under Owen Coyle, but he stuck with them as they set the goal of returning to the top flight of English football at the first attempt.

Following Coyle's dismissal in October 2012 and the subsequent appointment of Dougie Freedman, Bogdan retained his place in goal and was a regular part of the team that missed out on last season's play-off places by virtue of an inferior goal difference to Leicester City.

Moving on to this season, it's fair to say Bolton supporters have started to see a young man growing in confidence and starting to prove why so much time was put into developing his talent as a teenager.

The season started badly for Wanderers, who won just one of their opening 13 league games, and the strain had clearly got to 'Shaggy', as he is affectionately referred to by people within the club. Mistakes had crept into his game, the most high-profile of which came in a 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town in late September.

A harmless 25-yard strike trickled towards goal and, with the ball seemingly rolling straight at Bogdan, the Wanderers goalkeeper must have lost his concentration for a split second. The next thing he knew, the ball is in the Bolton net and the Yeovil players are off celebrating a comical goal - at least in their eyes!

Despite his errors, the 26-year-old kept his place until a training ground injury sidelined him for almost four months. In late October, Bogdan suffered a knee ligament injury and saw his first-team spot taken by the deputising Andy Lonergan - while Arran Lee-Barrett was signed from Millwall to provide cover.

If Bogdan's performances in the first half of the season were open to criticism, his displays since returning to the side in early February deserve nothing but praise.

In the 15 games since his return - on February 8, 2014 - Bolton have won seven, drawn six and lost just twice. In that time, the Hungary international has kept seven clean sheets and won over many of his doubters after appearing to find his best form.

The 1-0 win over Blackpool in March saw Bogdan reach the 100 appearance mark for Bolton, becoming the 13th goalkeeper in the club's long history to achieve that particular milestone. He is now just 474 games - approximately 10 years - away from breaking Eddie Hopkinson's all-time club record!

At the time of writing, Bogdan has made 27 appearances this season and has kept eight clean sheets. In the games in which he has featured, Wanderers have won eight, drawn 12 and lost seven.

Does Adam Bogdan get your vote as Bolton Wanderers' 2013/14 Player of the Season? You can cast your vote by using the poll in the right-hand column of the website. Voting will close at 5pm on May 3rd, 2014.

Here are the 11 players eligible for your vote this season.

- Adam Bogdan
- Alex Baptiste
- Andy Lonergan
- Darren Pratley
- Jay Spearing
- Lee Chung-Yong
- Matt Mills
- Medo Kamara
- Neil Danns
- Tim Ream
- Zat Knight

Previous winners of the Burnden Aces Player of the Season award are as follows:

2013 - Jay Spearing
2012 - Nigel Reo-Coker
2011 - Stuart Holden
2010 - Lee Chung-Yong
2009 - Kevin Davies
2008 - Kevin Davies
2007 - Jussi Jaaskelainen
2006 - Kevin Nolan

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