Chinedu Obasi’s fitness worries Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson

The Trotters signed the forward - on a pay as you play deal - to increase their firepower in a bid to avoid relegation at the end of the season

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson is worried of new signing Chinedu Obasi’s fitness.

On Saturday, the Nigeria international completed a transfer to the Macron Stadium outfit as a free agent until the end of the season following successful trials with the club.

The forward spent the first half of the season with Swedish side AIK and in his short stint, he scored five league goals in nine appearances.

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However, Parkinson is not satisfied with the fitness of the former Hoffenheim and Schalke 04 player and hope he gets into better shape.

“We haven’t been able to see a great deal of him in training,” Parkinson told media after their 3-1 loss to Preston North End.

“He had the option to go back to Europe and he was happy to sign for us on a pay as you play deal. This gives us an option to look at him further.

“I felt he is quite the way off in terms of fitness-wise and he’s got work to do in the Under-23s. He needs a couple games but hopefully, he could be an asset for us.

“He played for FC Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga, so he is a player who has performed at a good level,” he concluded.

Chinedu Obasi

Obasi could make his bow when Bolton travel to Madejski Stadium to lock horns with Reading for their next league game on Tuesday.


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