After what can only be described as 4 years of utter pain, disappointment and shame is this finally the time when Bolton right their wrongs and prove the critics wrong? They’ve started the campaign with an impressive 100% record in all 4 league outings and look in good stead for the upcoming season. Manager Phil Parkinson will be delighted with his side’s response after finishing rock-bottom last season in the Championship.
It is clear that defensively The Trotters have spent a lot of time in the off-season which can be seen in their league results thus far. They are yet to concede more than 1 goal in a league game this season and this includes 2 away outings. Take away their somewhat shock defeat to League 2 side Blackpool in the League Cup a couple of weeks back, this is surely a defence to be reckoned with.
In terms of the new blood that has been entrusted by Parkinson, no fewer than 5 new faces have stepped in to the Manchester-based side. The list includes Chris Taylor (Blackburn – Free), Mark Beevers (Millwall – Free), Jamie Proctor (Bradford – Free), Mark Howard (Sheffield United) and Lewis Buxton (Rotherham – Free). All signings coming in at no transfer fee has been some good business for Mr Parkinson and looking at their performances this is only further proven. With a few days remaining before the window closes it will be interesting to see if there is any further incoming talent to the Macron Stadium.
There has also been a lot of talk on the other side of the ocean regarding a player that could well be on his way out. None other than indispensable midfielder Jay Spearing has been in the spotlight with the topic being a move up a division to the Championship. A number of clubs including Cardiff, Brighton and Blackburn have made their interest in Spearing well known and the pressure is on The Trotters to keep their key man who is already in good goal scoring form with 2 goals in 4 games. The 27-year-old had a difficult end to the last season where he missed out on 2 months of action due to Bolton not being able to afford to pay the necessary fee due to previous club Liverpool if he was to play another game for the side. It is now a waiting game for all involved with Bolton as to how this situation progresses.
So, looking good for Bolton performance wise and confidence will be sky high for all involved with the club which is only good news. Something that has been needed around the side since the Premier League years when they were such a force under Sam Allardyce. The question remains as to how long they can keep up this 100% winning run.