Bolton Wanderers 2019/20. If you look at the results column in isolation then you might be forgiven for thinking that we had a shocking start to the campaign - only one point on the board after three games and zero goals.
That is not a fair representation of the season so far.
Wanderers lost again, that much is true, but there is so much behind the result that it would take a thousand articles to put across.
For now, here are my ratings:
Remi Matthews - 5
Would ordinarily have earned a ten for his wonderful performance, but the fact that he went on strike last season denies him the honour of a very rare 10/10 for me. Unlucky not to be MOTM as he saved Wanderers on many occasions.
Harry Brockbank - 8
Struggled at the start but grew into the game and was very positive on the front foot. A leading light, for sure.
Jason Lowe - 5
As useless at centre half as he is in midfield, Lowe, to his credit battled hard against a tough opponent in Norwood. That said, he took part in the strike last season so automatically loses points for being one of that disgraceful mob.
Yoan Zouma - 8
Not as amazing as I’d hoped, but still had some fantastic moments. As with most of the team he needs to learn when to clear it and when to try the fancier stuff but overall his graft was admirable.
Joe White - 9
Really impressive. Again, experience will help give him an idea as to when to release the ball and when to try and take his man on, but overall he was very good.
Sonny Graham - 8
Another positive performance from the midfield battler. Graham had a few nice touches and was combative against his bigger and more experienced opponents. Another step forward for a lad with a big future for Bolton.
Luke Murphy - 4
Even at League One level he struggled to make any impact on the game and was weak when we desperately needed strength. As usual he is docked points for being part of last season’s disgusting and disgraceful strike.
Callum King-Harmes - 9.5
My MOTM. Our main attacking threat and always on the front foot going forward. A really positive performance that hints at a big things to come when he starts to believe in himself and his undoubted ability. Really promising.
James Weir - 7
A quiet and slightly disappointing performance from the ex-Manchester United man. Hopefully he gets more match fit he’ll be able to affect games in a more positive manner. Was played out of position too, for me.
Ronan Darcy - 8
A silky presence for sure, but was physically unable to match or dominate his opponent when he was given the ball. That said, when he had his chance he was always looking to go forward which, after two years of watching utter shit play on the wing at Bolton makes a refreshing change.
Brown-Sterling - 7
A tough ask for the young man given the lack of supply and his troubles in holding up the ball against bigger and more experienced defenders. Despite that he worked hard and never shyed away from his job. Encouraging.