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Baptista watch: QPR U23s vs Bolton Wanderers U23s

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How did the Beast do in a Wanderers shirt?

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Earlier this afternoon, Julio Baptista played his first game in a Bolton Wanderers shirt, playing 90 minutes as David Lee's U23 side were beaten 5-0 by QPR.

Other notable names starting for the U23s were former/current Watford U23 forward Ogo Obi and Croatian born and New Zealand youth international centre half, Adam Mitchell.

So, how did Baptista do? Well, he started up front for Wanderers, being supported by Ogo Obi and Connor Hall either side of him.

To be fair to the 35 year old former Arsenal and Real Madrid player, he didn't look too bad throughout the game. If you take into the consideration the fact that this was his first competitive outing since last November, Baptista did himself no harm.

Whilst he's not going to bust a gut and run at every opportunity, it's clear to see he still has an eye for a pass, which he showcased a few times during the game.

He also carved out a couple of shots, forcing a save out of Dieng in the first half. He should have done better with a chance midway through the second half though.

Watching him play, I don't feel that Baptista could make an impact as a striker in the Championship. That being said, he could prove to be a somewhat useful attacking midfielder off the bench.

Much like Eidur Gudjohnsen a couple years ago, Baptista's experience could come in handy should the EFL give Wanderers the extra space in the squad needed to sign him.

Don't expect Julio Baptista to be Bolton's saviour this season, but he wouldn't be the worst player to bring off the bench.

Also, he looked a lot better than Emile Heksey did when he played for the reserves. And we signed him.