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The Bolton Wanderers Squad for the 2015/16 Season

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All our players for the coming season previewed.

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Here you are ladies and gentle men, your Bolton Wanderers squad for the next season. How different will it look come the final whistle in early May? With out the aid of a crystal ball it's impossible to know, we can only use what we know in the present.

So who is every member of our squad and what does the coming campaign hold for them? Find out below:

1 - Ben Amos

When Adam Bogdan departed for Liverpool, the replacement was obvious, almost too obvious that there were brief fears that it wouldn't happen. But thankfully the club acted quick and diligently to tie former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos down to a four-year contract. He's the perfect replacement for Bogdan, he's composed and assured which sends a calming influence through the team, very dependable with dealing with danger and has the best distribution I've ever seen from a Bolton keeper. We've done remarkably well to capture him and I believe he'll prove to be one of the league's best 'keepers this season.

2 - Prince-Désir Gouano

Finally confirmed today, 21-year old defender Prince has joined the club on a season-long loan from Serie A Side Atalanta. He's got good experience for a player of his age, with time at Juventus on his CV and 26 appearances for Portuguese side Rio Ave last season, including some in the Europa League. Whilst I know nothing of Prince's style, he apparently impressed at Portugal and is a strong, quick defender. He should provide some decent cover in defence this season.

3 - Dean Moxey

It's been a weird rise for Dean Moxey. On his debut for the Whites he made a dodgy back pass with in ten seconds which nearly led to Watford opening the scoring against us just moments after the game kicked off. For large portions of the season that didn't really change either, Moxey was often caught out of position and his tackling was late and destructive. It saw him out of the team for quite a while, with Ream playing at left-back instead. He gradually started to make his way back in the team with Lennon in charge, however, and he began to impress to, especially as a left wing back. With Ream lacking match fitness after being with the USMNT all summer, it seems as if Moxey will be first choice left-back for now - and he's not done bad in pre-seaosn. A couple of dodgy moments here and there, but mostly he's been solid and he's even put some wonderful crosses into the box too. So maybe Moxey has finally turned the corner for the Wanderers.

4 - Dorian Dervite

Dorian Dervite is a strange one. Apart from his debut, he was excellent in the heart of defence for about 2/3s of the season. He then just inexplicably, with out warning, went pretty atrocious. A constant liability at the back with a mistake never too far away. However, I know that there is a good, solid defender somewhere inside the Frenchman, one who can make excellent last gasp challenges and goal saving blocks and interceptions. He just needs to emerge once more.

5 - Tim Ream

With some older, experienced heads like Matt Mills, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Andy Lonergan and Craig Davies all leaving this summer, Ream now finds him self as one of the senior members of the squad - his experience and lead-by-example attitude will be vital as the season progresses and when more youngsters inevitably integrate into the first team. The American has been the mainstay of the team for the past two season, winning player of the year twice in a row, and we'll need him to be at his steady and dependable best once more. Just pray to god he stays.

6 - Josh Vela

This will be the year that Josh Vela fully announces himself on the stage. He may have made his debut when we were still in the Premier League and may have been a very key player last season once Lennon arrived, but I feel as if this will be his season. Hopefully he'll finally get a consistent run in centre midfield, where his best attributes won't go to waste. He's going to be excellent. He should just have been given the bloody #4.

7 - Liam Feeney

Liam Feeney doesn't have many fans, and he doesn't help himself with his frustrating "one thing good then three things bad" antics, but I'm still against the overly harsh criticism as he is a key member of the squad. He's versatile, a willing runner and does, from time-to-time, provide moments of quality, they're just far too fleeting. It looks as if he may start the season upfront with Madine, and if that's the case I'd be interesting to see if he can continue his good link up play from pre-season and forge a dangerous partnership.

8 - Jay Spearing

It's a big season for so many of our centre midfielders, as I'll come to in due course, but none more so than Jay Spearing. Spearing's case is a curious one, his initial loan spell at the club was excellent and off the back of that we rightly signed him. But since he joined the club permanently he's never managed to replicate that loan spell form. But having come back from a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers he's looked keen, eager to improve and impress and his attitude has received praise all around. As our only dedicated defensive midfielder in the squad (I don't count Medo) Spearing could play a key role this year. Unburdened by the responsibility of captain, he could once more provide some bite and steal in the middle of the park.

10 - Zach Clough

He's the name on everybody's lips, he's the one who every Bolton fan is resting their hopes on. As I'll speak about next with Clayton, I do worry about us putting so much pressure on our young players, but I do think Clough won't only cope with it - but thrive. The #10 suits him perfectly and I have no doubts whats so ever that he is going to set the Championship on fire this season. Keeping him may prove to be difficult though.

12 - Max Clayton

As tends to happen when bad injuries befall good players, absence makes the heart grow fonder and that's certainly the case for Max Clayton. He is a player with an absolute tonne of potential, quick, dynamic and an eye for goal, but at the young age of 20 he's already suffered two horrible injuries and he has only played nine games for the club. So whilst I am really looking forward to seeing how Clayton does when he returns from injury, I'd suggest that we don't pile too much expectation or pressure upon him.

14 - Gary Madine

The signing of Gary Madine really was a divisive one when it was first revealed, but now it seems as if every Bolton fan is singing from the same hymn sheet. The big striker has looked really impressive this summer, even surprising Neil Lennon who already rated him. He's been able to score different goals, two very well taken finishes and then two typical poacher goals. It's not only his goalscoring record that has got everyone onside though, it's his surprisingly great all round game too. As an imposing, combative forward he wins absolutely everything in the air and he is really intelligent in the way he brings others into play. Seeing him link up with Davies and Clough this year could lead to some fantastic results. Hopefully he can carry on his good pre-season form into the season.

15 - Derik Osede

It's a real shame Derik will miss the first few days of the season as I was really looking forward to laying my eyes on that glorious afro. The new recruit from Real Madrid has looked promising in pre-season, some minor/mayor hiccups aside. He can seemingly read the game well, able to anticipate danger from the ground or the sky and his on the ball ability is impressive. I think we're all going to grow very found of his long balls forward.

16 - Mark Davies

I have a gut feeling, that this could be Mark Davies' year. I'm not even going to try and predict if he'll remain injury free or not, but if he does, as one of the more experienced players in our squad - the longest serving player no less - and playing along side Clough, I think this season is where we'll finally see Davies full step up and consistently be the player we all know he can be.

17 - Liam Trotter

It's going to be a massive season for Liam Trotter. Ever since he made his deal here permanent last summer he hasn't kicked on, often plagued by injuries, whenever he's got a chance on the pitch he's looked unfit and lethargic. With the amount of midfielders we have I don't know how many minutes Trotter will get this season, but Lennon clearly likes him so when he gets a chance he has to take it with both hands.

18 - Neil Danns

Speaking of midfielders for whom it's going to be an important season. Neil Danns was excellent when Lennon first came in last season, the manager moved him to a defensive midfield role and he excelled there. But after the cataclysmic event of the Liverpool red card, he was never the same. He became laborious and careless on the ball, losing it in dangerous areas at least once a game, and fans soon started getting on his back. I like Danns, I do, and I still think he has more to offer, but I'd like to see him deployed back in a more attacking role this season, if he can get in the side at all.

19 - Emile Heskey

I for one was really pleased when the big man signed a new one year deal. Don't get wrong he can't score to save his life, but he is a brilliant footballer. It's hard to know unless you've seen him consistently for your own side, but his touch and his ability to bring others into play really is second to known - even now at his ripe old age. Hopefully Heskey won't be forced to play as much as he was last year, so when he does make an appearance he's fresher and has more in the tank.

21 - Darren Pratley

The new captain, the leader, the man who'll need to be at his best if Bolton are to progress this season - Dazza Prazza. His climb form laughing stock to club captain has been a fantastic one and thoroughly deserved, I don't believe there were too many objections to Pratley getting the armband. When Lennon first came in Pratley was easily our best player, and when his season was ended prematurely we missed him more than anyone else, as our drive and impetus from midfield suddenly evaporated. If he can replicate that form again, then we could go places this year.

23 - Stephen Dobbie

When it was first revealed that Dobbie was on trial at the club I reacted negatively, it really did seem like one of those signings that was a sign of the times. However, with all the friendlies now complete, I've changed my round and come around on the idea. Dobbie has a wealth of experience in this level, especially in the play-offs, he is an intelligent, quick witted attacker with an eye for goal and, if used sparingly, could be key member of the squad especially as rest bite for Clough and Davies. With Gudjohnsen leaving in the summer we need another experienced player in that position, and I'm happy for Dobbie to take up the mantle.

25 - Lawrie Wilson

The former Charlton Athletic right-back who was finally signed on a two-year deal this week finally means we have an actual right back in the squad. From my limited viewing of Wilson he seems a determined, solid pro but, at the moment at least, he's lacking match sharpness and looks to have a mistake in him. If the continuously linked Francesco Pisano does join the club, I'll be very happy with our right back options.

27 - Filip Twardzik

I'm going to refrain from being too harsh on the lad, but yes, he doesn't really look like a footballer - especially at left back. Hopefully gets a chance in his natural position this year and will prove us all wrong, but I doubt it.

30 - Kaiyne Woolery

The young forward could be the next Bolton youngster to burst onto the scene this season. Whilst his loan spell at Notts County was reportedly not very good, he's looked sharp and dangerous in pre-season, scoring four times for the u21s. With his pace, eye for goal and versatility in attack, I think he'll make the step up this season.

31 - David Wheater

Can he remain injury free? That's the question on every single Bolton fan's lips when it comes to Wheater. Because if he could then we'd have fantastic centre back at Championship level, one who isn't afraid to block or put his head on anything and is actually really intelligent when it comes to defending. I just really hoping he can finally rid himself of those bastard injuries.

32 - Tom Eaves

Yes, he's still here. Yes, still #32. No, he probably won't play at all, even for the reserves.

33 - Hayden White

It's a really big year for Hayden White. He's never looked all that comfortable whilst playing right back so the gradually moving him to a centre back could be the way to go, but he needs to show significant improvement this season or he'll be another failed Dougie signing.

34 - Ross Fitzsimons

At this minute and time, and probably for the foreseeable future, Fitzsimons is our backup goalkeeper. And I'm absolutely fine with that. In his brief pre-season outings he looked dependable and made some very good saves, so until further notice, he'll make a decent understudy to Amos.

36 - Alex Finney

I've only seen Finney play once, but I'm sure more experienced reserves watchers would agree with me when I say that Finney looks really impressive. He's tall and foreboding, but also looks like a real leader, a calming influence at the back. With Taylor and others in front of him in the pecking order, it's unlikely he'll break through into the first team this season, but I'm looking forward to the day he does.

37 - Quade Taylor

The man with the best side burns in football made his debut against Birmingham City on the last day of last season, and he looked good. Assured and capable in the Bolton backline, not looking out of place at all. I hope to see a lot more of Taylor in the starting XI this season, he's big and powerful and actually has an eye for a forward pass. With injuries already cursing us in the heart of defence, it's very much a possibility.

38 - Jordan Lussey

Signed from Liverpool this summer after a loan deal last year, Lussey certainly looks and acts like one of the most experienced players in the u21's, which is little surprise since he captained Liverpool's. He'll probably find it hard to break through into the first team midfield this season, but I think we'll see him make an appearance in some cup games.

39 - Jon Ceberio

The Spanish attacking midfielder joined the club from, we presume, Real Sociedad, this summer. He looked decent in the game I watched him in, with the ability to pick out a good pass. It's somewhat a little surprising that he's been a number at all, let alone one that is quite low down, so maybe Lennon does rate him highly, but I'd be very surprised if was saw anything of him this year.

41 - Oscar Threlkeld

Oscar Threlkeld is another whom this year is a big one for.  He's been on the edge of the first team for what feels like an age now, but he's never really grasped the chances he's had with both hands. I agree, he's never had a chance in his natural position at centre back, but if he doesn't make a lasting impression the next time he plays then this season could be his last.

42 - Tom Walker

Walker's been rewarded for his fine efforts towards the tail end of last season by being promoted from #52 to the prestigious #42. He should have been given #11 god damn it! I have very high hopes for Walker this season. He showed glimpses of quality last season and proved that he can beat a man with a clever piece of skill and swing a dangerous ball into the box. Those moments were fleeting, however, as he was often burdened with having to play left wing back, which he didn't suit at all. He was a little light weight last year too, so hopefully he's bulked up a bit and can really kick on this year.

43 - Andy Kellett

I want with all of my being for Andy Kellett to be the next youngster to break into the first team. I, among many others, do feel he has the ability, skill and pace to make a real impact on the left wing for the Whites. However, Lennon does not seem to agree and it's looking likely that he'll spend a lot of time away from the Macron this summer, either on loan or permanently.

44 - Medo

Medo may still have a squad number, but I doubt he'll be a major part of the squad - I'm actually surprised he's still here. Neil Lennon has never been a fan of the defensive midfielder and that hasn't appeared to change this summer.

45 - Rob Holding

I was initially surprised when Holding wasn't released this summer after his loan spell at Bury wasn't exactly a resounding success, but I am happy we've kept him on. He's been really impressive in the Bolton XI's this summer, scoring twice from right-back, and he is another who I could see making the step up to the first team this season.

46 - Channing Campbell-Young

The central midfielder has also been impressing in the youth ranks of late, but with our wealth of centre midfielders I doubt he'll make much of an impact in the first team. It will be interesting to see how he progresses though.

47 - Yvan Wassi

The young wing-back joined the club this summer from Manchester City, but injury has limited his appearances in pre-season. He didn't receive the highest amount of praise from City fans I asked about him, but hopefully he grows into a good player in Ian Brunskill's development squad.

48 - Niall Maher

Much like with Holding, I was quite surprised when it was announced that Maher had signed a new contract with the club, after a largely unsuccessful loan spell at Blackpool, I thought we'd let the young defender go. But he remained and even joined the first team on the pre-season trip to Austria, making a couple of appearances too. It's unlikely that Maher will make the first team this season as he seems quite low down the pecking order, but hopefully he continues to develop.

49 - Harry Campbell

As is our current lack of goalkeepers, youngster Harry Campbell is our third choice as it stands. The 19-year old signed a profession contract this summer and may well appear on the bench at some point this season, if injuries are cruel once again.

50 - Will Jaaskelainen

The son of Bolton legend Jussi, Will Jaaskelainen currently finds himself as our fourth choice goalkeeper. It's unlikely that he'll appear for the first team this season, but with a squad number given and a professional contract signed, he is definitely one for the future.

This will be updated if anymore signings are made.