LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Thierry Henry of Arsenal embraces Andy Lonergan the Leeds United goalkeeper at the end of the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
When you look at the list of positions that Bolton Wanderers need to find new players for, goalkeepers come a lot lower on that ladder than the likes of central defenders, full backs, central midfielders, and maybe even strikers. Yet, the name that looks highest on Owen Coyle's list at the moment is one that stands between the posts. Multiple reports over the weekend have come out saying that Bolton Wanderers are very interested in Leeds United Goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan
Lonergan is only 28 years old but it seems like he's been around forever. From 2000 to 2011, the Preston-born goalkeeper made 207 appearances for Preston North End before transferring to Leeds United the summer before last season. In his time at Preston, he won a couple of Fans' Player of the Season award and a Players' Player of the Season award. During his one year at Leeds, he made 38 appearances and was part of a side that won 12, drew 8, and lost 16 in the Championship.
A lot of people have asked why Bolton Wanderers need another goalkeeper when we have the likes of Rob Lainton and Jay Lynch coming through the youth and reserve ranks. The simple answer to that question is that Coyle wants someone experienced to provide competition for Adam Bogdan as well as cover in case the red-haired keeper gets hurt (as Bolton players are known to do). Lainton and Lynch have no experience in actual league play and thus are big question marks, no matter how much promise they hold.
Lonergan isn't a foregone conclusion though as a lot has to happen before he would be able to sign for Bolton. Reports say that Neil Warnock is keen to bring his QPR goalkeeper Paddy Kenny to Elland road with Queens Park Rangers' Mark Hughes looking at Birmingham City's Ben Foster. If Lonergan can't or won't go, reports have said that Coyle has about a half dozen goalkeepers that he would consider bringing in.