Anderson: 'Expensive' Amos Needed Game Time

  • July 31, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Ken Anderson says Bolton had no other option but to send Ben Amos out on loan, as they continue to reduce outgoing wages at the club.

Amos, who completed a season-long move to Charlton Athletic on Saturday, made his debut later that afternoon, completing 90 minutes as the Addicks ran out 6-1 winners over Ipswich Town in a pre-season friendly at The Valley.

Following a successful loan stint with Wanderers during the second-half of the 2014/15 campaign, Amos was released by Manchester United and subsequently snapped up by then-boss Neil Lennon, who had identified the now 27-year-old as the long-term successor to the departing Adam Bogdan.

With reported wages in the region of £18,000-a-week, Anderson has confirmed Amos stands as the club's most expensive player and, having fallen behind Mark Howard, Ben Alnwick and Jake Turner in the pecking order, it made no sense to carry the out-of-favour goalkeeper.

"It was a shame that we had to loan Ben Amos out, but unfortunately, as our most expensive player, it made prudent financial sense, even though the loan fee only goes a short way to covering his costs," Anderson told bwfc.co.uk.

"With three other keepers in the squad, Ben's going makes football sense as well as it frees up another much-needed squad place.

"We all wish Ben well for the season and in my opinion, it's important that he gets game time this season."

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