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A Season in Statistics Player-by-Player: Zach Clough

We examine our top scorer's season statistically

Zach Clough was top scorer for Bolton this season, with just 7 goals
Zach Clough was top scorer for Bolton this season, with just 7 goals
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Zach Clough topped the Bolton Wanderers scoring charts in a miserable season, with a tally of just seven goals.

Appearances - 28 (3 as a sub)

Clough struggled to pin down a recognised position in the side this season, and ended up playing from the left wing under Jimmy Phillips. He doesn't have the pace to play wide, isn't strong enough to play up front, and gets marked out of games when he plays in behind the striker. It remains to be seen what his best position is, but League One could give him a chance to discover it. He racked up 2200 minutes on the pitch in the season just gone, with several more injuries disrupting his campaign.

Goals Scored - 7

A pretty weak total to be topping a club's goalscoring charts, especially as several of these were from the penalty spot. His moments of brilliance showed us what he can do, especially this absolute screamer against QPR. But we need to see more of it from him, and that comes down to the manager knowing out to get the best out of Clough.


Points won - 18 at 0.64 points per game. Not exactly a great record, and 0.01 points per game than the best record of our best points per game striker... Gary Madine.

Pass completion rate - 80.9%, the third highest at the club this season behind Neil Danns and Mark Davies.

Assists - 0. Pretty surprising for a player who is supposed to be one of our main attacking threats and has such a good pass completion rate.

Bookings - 1

Red cards - 0

Overall Season Performance - B

Not bad, but could and should do better. We need to see more from Clough in League One to justify the talk around his potential. He struggles against big defenders and needs to nail down a natural position.