To say Bolton’s build up to the new season was unfortunate would be an understatement. Losing key player Chung-Yong Lee and new singing Tyrone Mears both to long-term injuries before the season had even begun, provided Owen Coyle with premature issues regarding squad strength and depth, whilst also providing an attacking dilemma. However, Bolton began the season by responding to all their critics in spectacular form, smashing four goals past newly-promoted QPR, and recording their biggest away win in the premier league in six years.
This result goes a long way toward showing fans and pundits alike that the squad is not lacking in fire power after losing strikers Daniel Sturridge and Johan Elmander. In the wake of Gary Cahill’s man of the match performance, the Trotters will be even more desperate to keep hold of their star defender, amid reported interest from Arsenal and other top clubs.
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Chris Eagles also made an encouraging debut, however, it seems that Coyle is still in the market for another attacking player, with Shaun Wright-Phillips high on his wish list. According to BBC Sport Coyle said: “He is someone I would love to bring to the club. Whether it is possible only time will tell. There are financial implications involved.” Wright-Phillips certainly would be a good addition to this squad which is seemingly lacking in depth, and it does seem to be a good fit.
Next game Bolton face Man City at home who have strengthened significantly this summer, and they will hope to continue the great form they showed against the Hoops if they are to take anything from this game. The fact that there is rarely a place in the Citizens squad for a player of Wright-Phillip’s quality, demonstrates the embarrassment of riches that they have in contrast to Coyle’s small squad. However, with Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal all dropping points on the opening weekend of the season Bolton have reason to be optimistic going into this game.
Despite on-going questions being raised over Bolton’s strength in depth, all will agree that Coyle couldn’t have asked for a better result in their opening fixture, given the run of games they have coming up against tough opposition. Despite being seemingly light up front it appears that Bolton certainly have the quality to hurt teams this season.