Pundits have their say on Wanderers' Championship prospects
EX-Wanderers assistant Phil Brown has picked just ONE Wanderers player in his Championship ‘Dream Team’.
Only the currently-injured midfielder Stuart Holden made Brown’s list ahead of the new season, with two players from both Hull City, Leeds United and Wolves.
Brown’s team is: (4-4-2) Kenny (Leeds); Rosenior (Hull), Davies (Birmingham), Johnson (Wolves), Olsson (Blackburn); Hunt (Wolves); Holden (Wanderers), Koren (Hull), Whittingham (Cardiff); Blackstock (Nottingham Forest), McCormack (Leeds. Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley’s team is a little more favourable, with goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and versatile front man Chris Eagles included in his 11.
Curbishley’s team: (4-3-3) Bogdan (Wanderers); Orr (Blackburn), Cort (Charlton), Johnson (Wolves), Bridge (Brighton); Jackson (Charlton), Eagles (Wanderers), Whittingham (Cardiff); Wright-Phillips (Charlton), Rhodes (Huddersfield), Phillips (Blackpool).
Other pundits have backed Owen Coyle’s side to bounce straight back to the top flight at the first attempt.
Matt Holland, the former Republic of Ireland international, reckons the club’s ability to keep their squad together so far should bring success.
“Bolton had a difficult time last year but Owen Coyle is a terrific manager and he has made some good signings,” he said.
“Keith Andrews and Matt Mills have come in and they will be very important players, while striker Marvin Sordell has proved his worth in the Championship with Watford. “Chris Eagles and Mark Davies should do well at that level and Stuart Holden, Lee Chung-Yong and Tyrone Mears are also coming back from injury and they will be like new signings.”
Ex-Everton winger, turned commentator Peter Beagrie has also tipped Wanderers to be up there with the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Wolves.
“The Championship this year could be a battle between the North West and the Midlands,” he said.
“The three sides that have been relegated from the Premier League look in very good order ahead of the big kick-off and have been able to keep a lot of their better players. “Bolton have cleared out a lot of dead wood and made some very impressive signings, particularly in that central midfield area with Keith Andrews. “They will also be welcoming back two players who missed last season in Lee Chung-Yong and Stuart Holden and, in Owen Coyle, have a manager who has won promotion before.”
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