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LOV Bolton Wanderers predictions 21/22: DTMR Tom

DTMR’s turn to predict the season for Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Dave Howarth - CameraSport via Getty Images

It’s that time of year again, folks. Once again another football season is right around the corner and as we do every year, all the writers here at LOV are going to try and predict how the season will go for Bolton.

Next up is DTMR Tom:

Best Signing

Josh Sheehan. The Welsh midfielder has enjoyed impressive performances in the “number 8” role against Championship opposition in pre-season (PNE, Blackburn). Sheehan can carve out an integral role in our midfield and become one of League One’s best players in his position.

Top scorer

This is a tough one. Eoin Doyle won’t play as many games this year with Bakayoko competing for his starting role. Still, he’ll have more goals come the end of the season than our main midfield threat, Antoni Sarcevic.

Game you’re looking forward to most

Wigan (A) on 2nd April. Not only is this a derby game, but both teams will be hoping to have something to play for at the top of the table. The Latics have spent a lot of money in the off-season. But they haven’t got Ian Evatt at the helm.

Opposing player you’d love

With Eoin Doyle not getting any younger, I would have loved to have signed Joe Piggott. He’ll probably be top scorer for Ipswich, and one of the most prolific strikers in League One altogether.

Key player this season

Joel Dixon. Wanderers got it horribly wrong with their young ‘keeper to start in 2020/1. The form of Matt Gilks was a happy accident. Dixon seems comfortable with the role he is expected to undertake in Evatt’s system. Let’s hope that he can be a long term solution in the sticks.

Predict the first six games

MK Dons (H): Win 2-0

AFC Wimbledon (A): Win 2-0

Lincoln City (A): Lose 2-1

Oxford United (H): Draw 1-1

Cambridge United (A): Win 2-1

Burton Albion (H): Win 1-0

We’ll take teams by surprise in the early months of the season. As it wears on, opponents will be wise to our tactical approach. A strong start, culminating in a top 6 finish.

Final league position

Play-offs. And we’ll win it. Book your days off accordingly.

Any other business prediction

Ian Evatt to be linked with every Championship manager’s job that becomes vacant during the season. Fingers crossed, we’ll come through unscathed. If we aren’t a Championship team soon, he’ll be itching for his next move.