Bolton Wanderers produced a remarkable fightback on the last day of the 2017/2018 campaign to save their Championship status.
The Trotters showed resilience, heart and desire to fight back from 2-1 down with 10 minutes to go, to a 3-2 win in the 88th minute thanks to a goal from veteran striker Aaron Wilbraham.
Manager Phil Parkinson is now set on strengthening his squad as they look set for another extremely tough campaign where survival is the aim.
Players such as Erhun Oztumer, Clayton Donaldson and Jason Lowe have already been added to the squad.
There is no doubting that the Bolton faithful will be full of excitement and optimism ahead of the new season however this article is going to take a look at three reasons as to why the club are destined for the drop this year…
Bolton Wanderers are currently undergoing some very serious and well reported financial issues which has even culminated in the players refusing to play a pre-season friendly against St Mirren due to unpaid players wages for June.
The Bolton players claimed they have received “Totally Unacceptable” treatment from the club and therefore had to take action by refusing their services for the match against the Scottish club.
These issues aren’t going to go away anytime soon as reports circulating claim the players are keen to have a face to face meeting with the clubs owners to discuss the current payment issues.
This is obviously not ideal preparation for the upcoming campaign and it will remain to be seen what kind of effect these issues will have when the season gets underway.
Not enough firepower
The Trotters struggles massively for goals throughout the last campaign as they managed to score just 39 times in 46 games.
The clubs search for goals became a lot harder after the sale of starman Gary Madine to the now Premier League newboys Cardiff City. The 10 goal target man was never replaced and The Trotters very much struggled without his presence upfront.
The club currently have 3 strikers on their books in the form of Veteran frontman Adam Le Fondre, youngster Connor Hall and new signing Clayton Donaldson.
Donaldson and Le Fondre do have proven goalscoring ability at this level however they are both now the wrong side of 30, and there has to be major doubts over whether they can still produce the goods infront of goal.
The club have some very clear defensive frailties which need to be addressed by manager Phil Parkinson if they are to beat the drop again this season.
Last time out, the Trotters conceded a huge 74 goals in 46 games which left them on a goal difference of -35.
Only one defensive reinforcement has been brought in so far, in the shape of Polish international full back Pawel Olkowski.
The 28-year-old has joined the Championship side from German club FC Koln.
With only one new defensive recruit, it appears that the backline that starts this campaign will be largely the same as the backline that played the majority of the last campaign.
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