The imposing David Wheater has been Bolton Wanderers’ rock at the back since he signed from Middlesbrough in 2012. Unfortunately for him, he joined ‘The Trotters’ in the January of a season where they were languishing at the bottom of the Premier League. The former England under-21 international has two top quality midfielders in front of him to keep watch should he go wandering. Darren Pratley and Jay Spearing both have Premier League wisdom so balancing their defensive duties with their attacking intents should be no problem.
One to Watch
20-year-old Zach Clough burst on to scene close to the conclusion of last campaign, but will be raring to go from the start this term. Clough, who has been with the club since he was 8, grabbed himself an impressive goals to games ratio of 6 in 10 last season, but will hope to get more playing time next season with Lennon preferring to give youth a chance. If he can learn a thing or two from vastly experienced team-mate Emile Heskey, he could just become the next young English talent to blow the Championship away.
Bar Wheater, Wanderers look to have a very crumbly defence. The error prone Frenchman Dorian Dervite his likely to partner Wheater unless Neil Lennon acts quickly in the transfer market. You have to remember Clough has only played a handful of professional games, and he is still a raw talent, failure to score will leave a huge weight on shoulders of Emile Heskey who, at the age of 37, can’t score all the goals himself. The club has never quite been able to pull together a real promotion charge but under the guidance of Neil Lennon this could be possible. Wheater’s experience and leadership will be pivotal if Bolton will sink or swim in the crucial season for Lennon and his staff.
Prediction – 13th