Bolton is playing at Old Trafford this weekend, will it be mission impossible?
The Wanderers start of the season has produced 8 points in 7 matches, right now they are firmly placed just below the middle of the table, but other teams are chasing them. Usually Bolton is fighting to survive in the premiership and this season won’t be any exception. A majority of their points are won at home at Reebok Stadium where “the Trotters” have strong support from their enthusiastic fanbase. Bolton has been in the premiership since 1995 and has a history of buying old stars usually considered over the top of their career. The talents that have been in the club are remarkable, unfortunately players such as Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Campo, Fernando Hierro and Fredi Bobic were too old to make an impact in the premier league.
The stars of Bolton today are actually Nordic. Finnish Jussi Jaaskelainen has arguably been one of the strongest goalkeepers in the premiership for the last ten years and a key factor of the teams success. The 34 year old is mr. reliable himself, with 400 games for the club. Another key player is the Swede Johan Elmander. The striker which unfortunatly is injured at the moment is the biggest signing the club has done. He was involved in a deal worth ten million pounds, which made Norwegian Daniel Braathen move to Elmanders former club, Toulouse. Along with fellow striker and captain Kevin Davies his goals could prove vital for Bolton this season.
The legendary Jay-Jay Okacha is probably Boltons most famous player, the Nigerian superstar was a big hit when he played for the Wanderers from 2002 till 2006. Along with Jay-Jay the Jamaican international Ricardo Gardner has been the creative force for Bolton during the last seven seasons. Let’s hope Gardner can find back to his old self, cause Bolton needs his creativity from the midfield and he is a joy to watch when fit! Did you know that Bolton’s biggest rival is Blackburn Rovers?
Do you think Bolton can get any point at the theatre of dreams tomorrow?
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– Hanne –