A number of players have stood out to me this season as squad members who had the ability to turn a game round on demand, something which we haven't had the pleasure of experiencing in recent years. With players in various positions making a name for themselves in this year’s campaign, it’s hard to decide who has been the best of a brilliant bunch.
For me, based on how solid we’ve been in the middle and down the spine of the team, Jay Spearing, in my opinion, has been by far our most impressive player this season. His experience, leadership and passion has boosted the team massively, particularly in recent weeks.
Over the years, the midfield has been full of flair players and constant contributors to the club’s goal tally, but for me, Spearing tops all of these, his work rate and dedication to the cause is unmatchable and can’t be faulted.
As Parky said after the Shrewsbury game this weekend, “I’ve never had a player more eager to start”. Jay is like our little pit bull in the middle who has stood out to me as someone who we couldn't have gone without this season and has played a huge part in our promotion push.
Without Darren Pratley to fill the captaincy role up until these last few weeks, Spearing has been excellent in fulfilling this role, keeping the squad motivated and willing the boys on has helped them get over the line in games where we have been pushed right to the final whistle. Notching a few goals here and there has also added to his impressive form this season and solidifies himself as my Bolton Wanderers ‘POTY’.
Despite my eagerness to stress that Jay has, for me, been our best player, I would also like to add that there are a number of others in the squad who have been similarly impressive, and have made it hard for me to choose one from a brilliant bunch.
Josh Vela, Mark Beevers, David Wheater and Filipe Morais to name a few, have all been equally as brilliant, but ultimately, we couldn't have been in the position we are now without Speo.
Here’s to you, Captain Fantastic!