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David Ngog Ready to Return to First Team

If nothing else, he can win some free kicks for the mighty Wanderers.
If nothing else, he can win some free kicks for the mighty Wanderers.

David Ngog completed 90 minutes and scored a goal for the reserves in a 2-0 win over West Ham earlier this week. This appears to show that he is ready get back in the reckoning for a spot in the first team against Watford next weekend. Owen Coyle will now have four strikers to choose from in Ngog, Kevin Davies, Marvin Sordell, and Benik Afobe.

In my opinion, this is very good news. Kevin Davies has started every league match so far this season. I wrote about his decline during the preseason. Specifically, I said that if Davies starts more than ten matches we will not be promoted. He is just not up to it, and has not been for a while. But I digress. This post is about David Ngog.

Owen Coyle does not seem to trust Sordell or Afobe to start up to on their own in a league match. Afobe did so in a cup match and scored a goal. Coyle blew that match with a late tactical switch, which involved Kevin Davies, of course. Ngog is older than both Sordell and Afobe, and he is also a lot more experienced. Coyle definitely trusts him to be on his own in a 4-5-1.

Ngog is a striker, and this post is about strikers, but the truth is that it all relates to defense. This Bolton team has to defend from the front, because the guys at the back need all the help they can get. David Ngog is the best equipped of our forwards to do that, and hopefully his return will change the tide and get Bolton Wanderers on a good run of form.