Debutantes: How did Beckford, Tierney, and Baptiste do?

Chris Brunskill

After what proved to be a difficult afternoon at Turf Moor, Bolton managed to come away with a commendable point. The White’s starting line-up included no fewer than three debutantes, Jermaine Beckford, Marc Tierney & Alex Baptiste. In the piece, we will asses exactly how well these three performed.

We will start with the new Wanderers striker, Jermaine Beckford. I, for one, was impressed with the athleticism of the player, showing both glimpses of pace and prowess in competing in the air. He looked to pull wide often, taking advantage of the penetrating runs from deep which appeared make up the Bolton strategy. Technically though, the performance left a lot to be desired. A couple of heavy touches & poor decisions cost Bolton in a game they created precious few chances. I feel there is a lot more to come from Beckford and I am encouraged by what I saw. 6/10

It was a ‘baptism of fire' for Marc Tierney. Bolton's attacking set-up left him exposed frequently and his frustration could be seen in the second half when lambasting Chung-Yong Lee for not closing down the attacker. Tierney also had to contend with the attacking flair of Sky's Man-of-the-Match, Kieran Trippier, who relentlessly put in early crosses for Bolton's quite fragile looking CB partnership to deal with. Tierney looked keen to get forward himself when possible and I will be interested to see just how well he can do this in games where we are on top. We were also witness to the left-back's theatrical tendencies early on, certainly reminding me of the Klasnic incident when Tierney was in canary yellow. All-in-all, a tough days work for Tierney but I am of the opinion he handled a very difficult task well. 7/10

Former Blackpool captain Alex Baptiste looks as good a Right-Back as we have had for a long, long time. How did it feel for everyone, after Hunt, Steinsson & Mears not to have to take a sharp intake of breath every time the left-winger looks to beat our right-back in the box? Baptiste had a much quieter afternoon than his fellow full-back Tierney, but had defensive composure that Bolton have required in the position for 10 years. Baptiste was heavily involved in Wanderers attacks and spell of control at the end of the first half both getting forward & distributing well. A good, solid start 6/10

Please let us know who impressed you the most in our poll.

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