PHIL Parkinson has challenged his strikers to make themselves “un-droppable”.

The Wanderers boss has persisted with a rotation basis on his front line, using Aaron Wilbraham, Zach Clough, Adam Le Fondre and Tyler Walker alongside mainstay Sammy Ameobi.

But with Ameobi likely to miss the trip to the Madejski Stadium tonight with a back problem, the opportunity arises for two players to push their claim.

Parkinson has defended his rotation policy, arguing that few players have given him reason to hold on to the shirt.

“All managers change personnel at this stage of the season in particular,” he told The Bolton News.

“In terms of the striking department, I think in general most of them have looked better coming off the bench.

“It would be great from my point of view if someone can put their head above the parapet and makes me mould the team around them.

“But quite often it’s just a case of freshening legs from game to game, or on 60 minutes.”

Parkinson has adjusted his attack depending on opposition since Gary Madine’s departure to Cardiff but says he would stick with a settled line-up if given the opportunity.

“When the games come thick and fast any manger will freshen his team up but it would be great if we had a striker who made that stake – tell me ‘it’s who you pick with me’ with the way they perform,” he said.

“Whoever gets the nod against Reading, if they go and bang one in the back of the net then they might make it impossible to leave them out of the team.”