Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt has admitted to The Bolton News that picking his teams is the toughest part of the job.
The Trotters have enjoyed an impressive start to their first Sky Bet League One season since gaining promotion back to the third tier and will now be looking to continue with their current momentum.
Wanderers now face Liverpool under-21s in the Papa John’s Trophy tomorrow night and then have a tough league clash with Sheffield Wednesday to contend with on Saturday.
This means that Evatt may look to rotate his squad over the course of the two games, with the Bolton manager admitting that selecting a starting eleven is the toughest part of the job:
“It’s the hardest part of my job, picking teams, but that’s what I get paid for and picking benches is difficult at the minute.
“What I’ve found is if you’re always open and honest with the lads, whether they’re in or out and explain why you’ve made the decisions you have, then they’ll not like it because they want to play.
“But what they do is they respect it. They respect being spoken to and they respect some honesty and transparency and that’s what we try and be at this club.”
Bolton currently sit in seventh place of the League One standings and are sure to be looking to continue their fine form as we head towards the winter period.
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Meanwhile the likes of Amadou Bakayoko, Elias Kachunga and Xavier Amaechi are all back in contention to be back involved over the next few games.
It has certainly been impressive to see how Bolton have started the campaign, with Evatt’s men having largely continued in the same vein of form that saw them secure promotion from League Two.
Their expansive style of play always makes them a threat in attacking situations and given the physical demands that it has on their players, it is important that Evatt and his staff manage the fitness of these individuals.
The Papa John’s Trophy may well be viewed as a slight distraction for a club like Bolton, but at the same time it also provides an opportunity to rotate the squad.
How they manage the all round squad over these next few weeks will be crucial to their chances of having a successful season moving forwards.