I stumbled across a rather interesting stat on Twitter. Now that Zach Clough has left Mark Davies is the current highest scoring Bolton Wanderers player with 16 goals from 208 appearances.
So Clough had 22 in 58, not a bad return for a young striker with injury issues and having not always played in a real football team. That is a ratio of around a goal every 2.07 games. Davies on the other hand has only hit a goal every 13 games. Yes he is a midfielder, but as an attacking midfielder maybe we could have hoped for more. Having said that he is rather irrelevant in this as due to his billionth injury he will not be getting many goals for the rest of this season, in fact I think he will probably get about the same number as Jamie Proctor has in the league for Bolton.
Who has the next most goals for Bolton then after Davies I hear you ask. Well that would be the washing machine himself Gary Madine. He has 12 in 51 games which is less than one goal every four games, not exactly the impact you want from a striker but it’s enough to make him our highest scoring fit player.
Next up would be Darren Pratley with 10 in 135 which is a slightly worse record than Davies’. The other similarity he has with Davies of course is he is injured so will not be scoring any more goals this season. That means that 26 of the Bolton goals currently in the squad are out injured, not ideal.
Then it’s the turn of a defender David Wheater who has scored a respectable 9 goals in 127 appearances which of course includes a brace this season, and indeed a brace against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League days which is worth remembering. For a defender that is not a bad return, but it hardly makes his a player you can rely on to chip in regularly from the back.
Then comes two of our midfielders Jay Spearing and Josh Vela with 8 apiece. Their records are not that different from that of Davies and Pratley. Vela’s record is much improved this season and he could well break double figures; and in his defence part of that time was spent in, well, defence. So he is a good shout to keep chipping in but it will be nowhere near enough.
The other player on 8 is our new old saviour Adam Le Fondre. His record of 8 in 17 standing at a goal every 2 and a bit games and stands head and shoulders above anyone else in the squad. He has done it before at Bolton but has struggled since leaving for the wrong Wanderers and that team that wants to be Bolton Wanderers so badly they sign all our old players.
This is already the area the team has struggled most in and now we have lost our top scorer and the player who has been involved in the most goals things are likely to get much harder. But then again I am a cynic at heart maybe all will be fine.