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Coming into this summer, any Bolton fan would be foolish to think our squad didn’t need any strengthening. With Matty Taylor and Joey O’Brien joining former Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce at ‘West Ham Wanderers,’ and Tamir Cohen’s contract not being extended, it was clear that some new middle of the park players had to be brought in.
However, it seems Owen Coyle got that message and went all-out to ensure we would never have a midfielder crisis! The Bolton squad now contains ten midfield players, (not including the youth team) battling for four or five places in the starting XI.
Mark Davies: A good talent who’s shown great potential since joining the side from Wolves. He could happily play a role behind the striker should Coyle choose to only field one forward.
Chung-Yong Lee: Until the horrible news of his horrific leg break, was probably our most exciting player. His speed on the wing gave us a great edge on the right side, but now there is a void to fill. It is looking like Coyle will be making his forth midfield signing to cover him though, with confirmed talks with Shaun Wright-Phillips. But can we afford the wages of a Man City player?
Chris Eagles: A versatile player who can play in any part of the midfield that will make him a fantastic asset to the team. A guaranteed starting player in the 2011/12 campaign I believe.
Fabrice Muamba: He can hold the midfield well, and when needed has a lethal right boot (which unfortunately usually fails to find the target!) If the team was to play a five-man-midfield, he’d be the man to drop back and let the other guys go forward to support the attack.
Stuart Holden: One of our most valuable players last year until his unfortunate injury. He would be my number one choice for the centre-mid pairing with Chris Eagles. His playmaking has allowed Bolton to play a much more attractive style of play.
Martin Petrov: A brilliant signing when he came in, but has slowly been dropping off. Matty Taylor was probably the stronger left-winger, but with him gone, Martin will have to step up to the plate and deliver the great season we all know he is capable of!
Ricardo Gardener: Looked like he was joining ‘West Bolton United’ earlier in the transfer window, but instead declined the oppertunity to rejoin Big Sam and sign a one-year extension on his contract. But after being left in the dark for much of last season he will spend the year fighting hard to regain the place he’s held for over a decade.
Darren Pratley: Brought in on a free from Premier League new boys Swansea, many people may not see him as cut-out for this level. Maybe they’re right, perhaps he will flop, but then again, who ever expected Charlie Adam to play as great as he did!?
Sean Davis: The injury-prone experienced centre-mid has made his mark on the Bolton team, but has never had a chance to really stick out. Every time he gets back to the top of his game, a part of his body always seems to give-way. If he can keep fit, he can be an important player.
Nigel Reo-Coker: Another new signing for the centre of the Bolton midfield. Perhaps brought in simply because he was free, he has been declining as a player over the past couple of seasons. But who’s to say a change in club can’t change the fortunes of a player?
So with ten, (eleven if SWP comes in) midfielders to choose from, Coyle could end up with a bit of a selection headache deciding who to start and who to drop from the bench completely. Assuming SWP doesn’t come in to the side, I believe our midfield will line-up as follows:
Left Mid: Petrov
Centre Mid: Holden
Behind Forward: Davies