Bolton Wanderers have been crying out for some attacking flair in the midfield pretty much from the moment that Mark Davies suffered a long-term injury last season. The midfield has struggled to cope going forward and new signing Jermaine Beckford is begging for service.
The forward makes very good runs and gets into very dangerous areas but is not being provided the passes to match his movements and is thus not getting the chances to finish. Over the last few games, Beckford has really begun to find his feet but is still looking for his first league goal in a Bolton shirt. That's not to say that the service is totally missing with the forward scuffing a couple of pristine opportunities in recent weeks but that he isn't being given as many chances as he arguably should.
Over the summer, Dougie Freedman brought in former Crystal Palace man Andre Moritz to help remedy that problem. The attacking midfielder is known to play in an advanced role and love a through ball into the area. The issue thus far has been that Moritz has not been fit. He has made five appearances in all competitions for Bolton thus far and assisted one goal (Beckford's against Tranmere). None of those appearances have lasted more than 33 minutes.
Speaking at the BWSA meeting (via the Bolton News) on Tuesday night, Bolton's sports rehabilitator, Dave Dean explained that Moritz has been very hard to bet back to full fitness.
"He's had three weeks where he has had no time off; he has been in every single day. When the players have had days off, he has been in. Most of the players are having a day off but he is in, working very hard with the medical team to get fit as soon as possible."
The midfielder was also in attendance at the meeting, speaking about a niggling calf injury that bothered him over the summer as well as his fitness and the target to get back:
"I have never had a problem but maybe age is coming to me. need to be careful right now and I have been working really hard before and after training on strength. Hopefully, I will be 100 percent for Leeds."
An attacking midfielder ahead of the two holding players in Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara could be what Bolton need to really get their season back on track. After five matches, the Trotters have managed only three league goals, none of which have come from forwards.