Shola Ameobi completed his short-term contract at Bolton Wanderers in the Championship game against MK Dons two weeks ago (23 January).
The former Newcastle striker helping Bolton to a 3-1 win, which has now sparked a three game unbeaten run in the league, with Saturday’s win over Rotherham making it seven points from nine.
Which means that remarkably the Trotters now have a decent chance of escaping the relegation zone as they are now only three points from safety.
That final contribution (goal v MK Dons – watch it below) has now seen Shola pick up the goal of the month as voted by Bolton fans at the Burnden Aces website.
The voting was:
50.72% – Shola Ameobi v MK Dons
17.39% – Gary Madine v Sheffield Wednesday
11.59% – Darren Pratley v Eastleigh (replay)
8.70% – Rob Holding v MK Dons
7.25% – Dean Moxey v Eastleigh (replay)
1.45% – Darren Pratley v Leeds United
1.45% – Darren Pratley v MK Dons
1.45% – David Wheater v Sheffield Wednesday
Due to their shocking financial plight at the Lancashire club, Shola Ameobi offered to play for the rest of the season for nothing.
However, a strict transfer embargo prevents Bolton registering any new contracts with the Football League, even when players are offering to play for free…
The club fell foul of FFP (Financial Fair Play) regulations because they can’t give financial forecasts to satisfy the criteria, leading to the all-encompassing transfer embargo.
Bolton Wanderers are next in the High Court on 22 February 2016 and if they can pay an outstanding £2.2m tax bill, they could possibly apply to have the transfer stranglehold lifted.
With Shola Ameobi being a free agent and if he hadn’t found a new club in the meantime, he could be allowed to return to Bolton and play.
The only other possibility is if an injury epidemic left them unable to put out a full matchday squad, then they could apply for a special dispensation from the Football League.