Kevin Davies tips Bolton Wanderers to settle into their stride
KEVIN Davies believes Wanderers will soon be moving in the right direction once Dougie Freedman’s summer signings are fully settled.
The former club skipper, now at Preston North End, as backed the likes of Marc Tierney, Alex Baptiste and Jermaine Beckford to get the club moving back up the table – although he admits that injuries to a couple of key players has hit the club hard.
“They’ve done good business, now it’s just a matter of those players settling in,” he told The Bolton News. “It takes a bit of time, sometimes, but I don’t think the players will be looking for excuses. Whether you’re at the top or the bottom you have to get on with your work.
“Mark Davies and Stuart Holden have been big misses for the side. If you have those two in midfield, that’s probably one of the best partnerships in the league.
“They’re big misses, but the club have a big squad and there are players that have to step up and fill those boots.”
Although he is now plying his trade down the road at Deepdale, Davies has kept in touch with his former team-mates and believes they are working hard to emerge from the current slump which sees them without a win in their first five games.
Victory against Leeds this afternoon at the Reebok, argues the once-capped England international, could be a springboard.
“They’ve played a lot of the top teams, teams they’re competing with to get out of the league,” he said of Wanderers’ start. “I think they’ll be looking to get a win over Leeds and against Derby on Tuesday.
“They need to get a result, and I think that’ll give them a lot of confidence.
“As we saw last season, the team is capable of going on a good run.
“A little bit of it is about luck. I don’t like to link things to luck.
“I’m sure the lads are doing the right things in training during the week, and that the management staff are working on where they see the problems.”