Buckley is another player who had fans summer high hopes smashed on the clubs injury cursed rocks. Nevertheless, injuries aside, there is no denying the pedigree of the 28 year old winger. Will has spent most of his career successfully making a name for himself in the Championship.
However, as with Wheater and Ameobi before him, Buckley is one of those players who needs to be handled with kid gloves and slowly reintroduced to first team football. As frustrating as it is, particularly in this match, to see our best player subbed off first, whilst still our most potent threat, it just has to be that way. We simply cannot afford to have someone of Buckley’s abilities sidelined for another couple of months.
Buckley may have had a slow start to this game and only played 70 minutes but he still outshone his team mates. In the first half, Will scored his diving header ‘sitter’ opportunity, something that both Madine and Vela later failed to do. That’s what Bolton need at the moment, players that can clinically finish off a goal scoring opportunity. Buckley seems to be one of those players.
Come the second half and a fired up Buckley dominated the game for the 25 minutes he was on the pitch. Mancienne and Bridcutt were wearing virtual gimp masks they were so dominated. And they knew it.
So step up Will Buckley, this games coveted Lion of Vienna man of the match.
Next week Bolton host free fall Burton and we need to absolutely monster them. With Buckley in the side, who incidentally will have another full weeks training under his belt, there is no reason why we can’t do that. COYWM.