Elmander was a player who never managed to live up to expectations at Bolton, but then were the post Nicholas Anelka expectations realistic? His goal return was never the greatest, but his work ethic was with out a doubt incredibly valuable. I maintain that he was missed the year we went down after we downgraded to David N’Gog.
Elmander made 80 appearances for the Swedish national team scoring 20 goals. He was part of the squad at the 2006 World Cup. He appeared on the 2-2 draw with England during that tournament making it on as a substitute in the 74th minute. This is a game best remembered for Joe Cole’s wonder goal.
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He was less prolific than that for Wanderers managing 18 goals from 92 appearances. One of these was of course the greatest Premier League goal ever according to the Guardian. This goal was part of a run of form which greatly exceeded that in the rest of his time at the club in terms of goal return as Bolton chased Europe under Owen Coyle for a few months.
On leaving Wanderers he went to Galatasaray, but was never able to replicate the form he showed at the end of his Bolton stay and his career fizzled out.
Wilhelmsson was brought into the club by Sammy Lee during his short reign but never impressed under him or Gary Megson. He was apparently instrumental in the signing of Elmander, I’ll let you make you own mind up about that one. There was apparently plenty of competition to land him on loan with other Premier League sides and Celtic interested.
Internationally he played 79 times for Sweden and was also a member of the 2006 World Cup squad. He was also introduced from the bench during the match.