I’m not really looking forward to this season.
What else do you think we need before the season starts?
Assuming we sign Gary O’Neill, Josh Magennis and Jack Hobbs we need at least one more centre back, one more central midfielder and a left back. Stephen Ireland would be an interesting one and Antonee Robinson would be a great signing if we can get him back. Adding a left back would ensure we have sufficient defensive cover.
Karl Henry is still knocking about out there and would add some useful squad depth to the midfield. We are approaching the bottom of the barrel though now, and that is terrifying. Anyone remember the last time Blackpool were in the Championship?
First six games
Six points from six games? Yes please.
4th August: West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Bolton Wanderers
OK so I might be negative but I think we can get a shock in there as West Brom readjust.
11th August: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Bristol City
And we come crashing back down to earth.
18th August: Reading 0-0 Bolton Wanderers
Two weak teams play out a bore draw.
22nd August: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Birmingham City
The early season alarm bells start ringing after another draw against a weaker side.
25th August: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Sheffield United
They will just be better than us.
1st September: Preston North End 0-0 Bolton Wanderers
This one is always a terrible draw.
Final league position
Bottom. No depth comes back to bite Bolton when the usual number of players end up in the treatment room.
Someone will get injured. At this rate if it is a striker Connor Hall will be the potential break out star. Where as if it is Ben Alnwick it will be Jake Turner, recalled from loan.
There is also a great opportunity for Jack Earing and Joe Pritchard who will be set to break through should the injuries fall in the middle of the park.
If any of these lads are ready it could be a huge season season for them.
Signing of the season
Yanic Wildschut looks to be a fantastic addition. He may be at a low point but he was clearly doing well a few years ago when he went to Norwich City for big money.
Assuming it comes through Megennis will also be huge as our first cash signing since 2015. Wanderers are not out of the woods with the financial meltdown, but this is a welcome step in the right direction.
Adam Le Fondre will be, assuming he gets regular game time. Otherwise who knows, but hopefully there will be goals from midfield this season with an interesting array of attacking midfielders.
Supersub of the season
Craig Noone will likely once again mainly be starting from the bench but has the skill set to make a difference late in the game.
Will Phil Parkinson still be our manager come the end of the season?
Which old, semi-legendary player will we signed in Winter?
Karl Henry. He may not be semi-legendary but I’m sure he will turn up again