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Season Preview: Liam

Following the festival of football that was the particularly exciting FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the English football season has crept upon us and it is now time for the other less-informed writers at Lion of Vienna Suite and me to make our predictions and share our thoughts for the season ahead.

Charlie Crowhurst

Predicted position

This is the moment for Dougie Freedman, he has now assembled his own squad and strengthened in key areas as high-earning squad players left the club and freed up money to invest.

Aside for one or two players, we now have a completely different squad to which we were relegated and I am largely impressed with the business done so far.

With Lukas Jutkiewicz I probably would of harboured real hopes for the play-offs. However, without the prescience of a target man of sufficient quality, I think we may miss out again.

Prediction: 9th

Key Signing

We haven't made it yet.

For all the good business done so far this summer, the fact we have yet to sign a replacement for the vital Lukas Jutkiewicz means our real business has yet to be done.

The signing of Dorian Dervite is particularly pleasing as for the first time in a number of years I am feeling quite confident around our strength at the back.

The returns of loan trio of Neil Danns, Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter is also encouraging and I have high hopes for Trotter who with a serious pre-season behind him could well make a positive impact within a long season.

Line-Up for First Game

McNaughton, Dervite, Wheater, Tierney/Ream
Spearing, Kamara,
Danns, Lee, M Davies,

Will Freedman Last

Dougie Freedman has shown a lot of strength whilst in charge of Bolton Wanderers. It's fair to say his time has had its ups and downs.

This is a particulary big season for him as he has now assembled a team of his choosing and would like to kick-on with it, he could well do so.

Either way, the Bolton Wanderers board has stayed with Freedman through some difficult times and unless we are in the unlikely scenario of staring relegation in the face, I really can't see Freedman going anywhere.

Ideal Signing

We need a big man and they are certainly hard to come by.

Chris Wood of Leicester City certainly fits the bill and it would be wise of Bolton to keep an eye on the availability of the powerful forward.

Another fit would be Matt Smith of Leeds United for quite obvious reasons.

Sell to Reinvest?

It is not a question of selling to reinvest, it is a question about being smart with our options.

Freedman recently showed his willingness to do this with the Baptiste / McNaughton swoops and the same applies elsewhere, if we are to sacrifice a player of value, it has to be with specific purpose.

The players of value in our team are Adam Bogdan, Tim Ream and Mark Davies who are all of significant value to our cause, if we are to sell one of these it must be with purpose.