Liverpool’s transfer dealings so far this summer have been fairly transparent, and with James Milner and Danny Ings both in the bag—and both deals everyone knew were coming long before they became official—a third name has been added to the list today: Adam Bogdan. The Hungarian international will join up on July 1st when his contract with Bolton Wanderers expires.
This will make the 27-year-old, who has represented his country 19 times, not only the third signing of the summer but the club’s third signing of an out of contract player based in England. Bogdan has been in England with the Wanderers since 2007, when he joined up from boyhood club Vasas SC, and after filling the reserve keeper role for four seasons, he started to see significant minutes in 2011-12.
Outside of 2012-13, though, when he started 41 Championship matches, he has never been Bolton’s clear starter, and even taking cup competitions into account he hasn’t played more than 30 matches in any other season since he arrived in England. Last year, in part due to a pair of major injuries, he started just ten times in the league and three more in the domestic cups, earning three clean sheets along the way.
None of which makes for an exceptionally exciting signing for Liverpool fans: a 27-year-old career mostly-backup on a free transfer from the side that finished 18th in the Championship last season. However, he’s not meant to be an exciting signing, really. He’s meant to be Simon Mignolet’s new backup and an improvement on Brad Jones who won’t put a dent in the club’s other potential transfer dealings.
Looked at from that point of view, Bogdan seems a perfectly acceptable signing, even if some may have hoped the club would be looking to bring in a clearer challenger to Mignolet. Bogdan isn’t that, but he is a solid option in reserve and a clear improvement on what the club currently have there, and he should at least be good enough to earn time in the domestic cups and do a passable job if Mignolet is injured.
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