According to the club’s website, Bolton Wanderers U23 have hit upon something new.
Striker Connor Hall hit a hat-trick in the club’s victory over Crewe Alexandra last night, which in itself is a noteworthy event, but I was stunned to read that this was both his second hat-trick in three weeks and we had won convincingly by playing two strikers!
To think that the first team, currently bottom of the league and with goalshy Gary Madine as its figurehead has such an inspiring and obviously attacking underbelly really does grind your gears.
To Phil Parkinson, it seems that his lack of willingness to employ such a system is getting to the point of sheer stubbornness.
Granted, Adam Le Fondre hasn’t been a regular goalscorer at this level for some time, but that said, surely something is far far better than nothing? Take a look at Connor Hall - he arrived to little fanfare in the summer on a free transfer from Sheffield United and he seems to be doing everything he possibly can to get Parky’s attention.
Should Hall start in the first team? Probably not, but his goalscoring exploits seem to me to have been enough where he can start being considered. Where would the harm be in giving him a chance?
This time, Hall was partnered by Le Fondre - that’s right, a Bolton Wanderers side played with two centre forward and guess what, it worked.
Will Parkinson take the iniative in Saturday’s must-win home game against Barnsley? I wouldn’t bet on it, but surely the continued improvements shown by the likes of Hall should give him something to think about.