Phil Parkinson has laid down a challenge to his faltering strikers ahead of tonight’s relegation clash with Reading.
Speaking to the Bolton News, Parkinson said: “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.”
Since the departure of Gary Madine, the Wanderers boss has been rotating his remaining strikers with little success.
Aaron Wilbraham, Zach Clough, Adam Le Fondre and Tyler Walker have all featured alongside first-choice Sammy Ameobi. However, all five have only managed seven league goals, with Ameobi responsible for four of those.
“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,” said Parkinson. With his side in desperate need of points, the need for goals couldn’t be greater.
Even Ameobi, the regular partner to Madine before his departure, has only managed a solitary goal since Halloween, that coming as Bolton beat Bristol City 1-0 at the start of February.
Trotters fans have been quick to react to Parkinson’s comment, pointing out that only Zac Clough has scored from open play this season as well as lamenting their team’s rather direct approach.
Erm maybe play the ones who are most likely to score a goal then? Oh and if we could try passing TO FEET instead of the imaginary player 40ft in the air that would be good too. It’s not rocket science but it seems beyond PP and the players at times. Mustn’t lose later #bwfc
— Martin Johnson (@martinjohnson81) March 6, 2018
As I've noted there – only Clough has actually scored from open play when starting.
As for changing style, I'm not sure how many pure footballers are in this group, or were in Bolton's price range. Flanagan and Kirchhoff, perhaps?
— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) March 6, 2018
Give Le fondre plenty of game time and play the right service to him and he’s the one who can deliver, odd starts here and there means finding rhythm is almost impossible, plus since clough scored he’s not had a chance neither- get them up top together, it’s worked before!
— Chris McKeown (@TheChrisMcKeown) March 6, 2018
please dont play wilbraham
— Jack_BWFC (@Jack_BWFC14) March 6, 2018
just bloody play the natural goalscorer @A1F1E9
— alan hindley (@radcliffe78) March 6, 2018
Why start Alf away from home everyone knows all we do is defend for our lives we don't attack he needs to be playing our home games, we all know he can score goals just needs to be playing consistent games
— Sean Williams (@SeanBwfc1992) March 6, 2018
Wilbraham is unplayable so he’s off the list,
Parky needs to get over his dislike of le fondre to give him a chance.
Clough needs more game time.
— Big E (@Big_E_Est1986) March 6, 2018
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