September started with the international break, well for Bolton anyway. Bearing this is mind it has put me right back down the league but I’ll have a game in hand. With the games coming thick and fast with MK Dons and Southend 2 days apart. Going to stick with the same squad for these games apart from the recall of Ameobi. Hopefully by the end of the month Zach Clough will be back in full training and be ready to be recalled. For now I’m going to stick with Wilks and Madine. Wilks has provided 2 vital goals in his short career as at BWFC.
Well before my game against MK Dons, former club favourite Kevin Davis gave me his backing believing I am the right man to turn around the teams fortunes. Hopefully MK Dons will provide the catalyst to a successful season.
Well a great win against promotion rivals MK Dons leads straight into a game against Southend. Wilks has a new strike partner (again) in aim to score more goals in my attack minded formation. Wilks scored again so is keeping his position but this time will be lining up next to another youngster by the name of Luca Navarro. The 16 year old has been in sensational form for the Under 19’s scoring in his last 4 games. Not paid to much attention to star ratings as he is potential 3 star rating.
So, Southend wasn’t brilliant with about 30 seconds to go 10-men Southend equalised and went back to Essex with a point. Gutted didn’t cover it, although Navarro got a debut goal which was pleasing. Next up was a dreaded away day to top of the table Walsall, never mind I thought. How wrong was I!!! A cracking 3-1 win including a first Bolton goal for James Henry and a first senior goal for Max Makaka. Just what the doctor ordered. Well done boys!!
Bolton’s Liam Trotter placed on the transfer list as his time at the Macron Stadium draws to a close. More info as we get it.
Jääskeläinen has signed a new contract and put pen to paper on a professional deal. I really like Jääskeläinen and hopefully he will develop into the club legend his father was. I’ve also put a bid in to sign a young striker from Villarreal B Mario. Another ‘totally’ stupid transfers as I have no idea about this player apart from he scored 24 goals in 52 games. I’ll keep you all updated.
September ends on a defeat against Rochdale but all in all it was a good month. Climbed from the relegation zone up to mid table. Still not my finest position with the Bolton team I have at my disposal but a great improvement, actually I hadn’t suffered defeat since my unplanned international break. My strike force is almost at full fitness with Zach Clough available from early October and both Navarro and Wilks providing both goals and assists things are looking up. Loan signing Tom Thorpe has put in some inspired performances at the heart of my defence which in turn lead him to be runner-up in September’s player of the month competition.
First game of October was against high-flying Oxford United. Came away with a draw and a lot to think about as again I threw away a lead. I still seem to be struggling in the right back area with neither Buxton or Wilson really cutting it for me. Another loan signing Andrew Taylor is currently keeping Moxy out of the squad and is helping to shore up my defence down the left.
Player to watch
Sky Sports ‘Hot Prospects’ catch up with newest sensation taking to the training ground with Bolton. Young Romanian Dennis Politic joined Bolton’s Under 19’s at the age of 16 as an academy player. The youngster, who plays in central midfielder has already been ear marked as a top class player by Bolton coach and favourite Kevin Davis. Politic is hopeful of being able to cement a place in the team for years to come and has already expressed his determination to do well for Joe Shepherd’s Bolton.
Back to cup football in the form of the ‘Checkatrade’ Cup. What a defensive disaster, although my strike force was unstoppable…Luckily. Having been 3-1 up, to 4-3 down in stoppage time only to go on to win 5-4 wasn’t quite what I had expected against Chesterfield. Bolton go thru to the next round though with a game to spare. Two youngsters made their debuts and Anderson got his first Trotters goal and his first hat trick.
With Swindon away seeming like another long away day the boys packed their bags for the trip. Making the trip away for the first time this season is Zach Clough, still not fully fit but fit enough for the bench. My new partnership’s in both attack and midfield could all possibly play together for the first time this season. Dennis Politic will be the new partner of Josh Vela at least until club captain Darren Pratley is fit again.
What a great result, a 4-0 away win. Two goals being scored by youngster WIlks and just hours after signing a new contract Van der Heyden scored both his 3rd of the season and our 3rd of the game. Although only got a potential star rating of 4, Van der Heyden seems to be a class act in this division contributing 3 goals and 5 assists in 8 games for the club. Defiantly the bargain of my first transfer window, worth every penny of the £6,000 he cost in August. The post match write-up also informed me Dennis Politic became League One’s youngest ever player aged just 16 years and 217 days.
Oldham at home wasn’t a great game, tweaked my tactics to try to control the game, unfortunately that back fired as I spend most of the game 1-0 down. Clawed it back for a point through another Wilks goal. Despite the negatives this game produced it did see Max Clayton return from injury and helped in setting up Wilks 8th goal of the season. Just like Clough, Clayton wont be starting games or completing 90 minutes just yet as they continue their recovery to full fitness and match sharpness. Next up is Millwall, always a tasty affair and as they’re top of the table it will prove an interesting encounter on all fronts. Clough is fit enough for 90 minutes if needed, Clayton isn’t.
Well before the Millwall game, Clayton decides to voice his concerns over my management, luckily I managed to convince the other players that he was wrong. We also drew Swindon in the FA Cup.
Boys, you were brilliant!! We won the game 2-0 thanks to two goals and two lovely assists by Wilks and Henry respectively. The only blemish on this game was the ref’s decision to send of Derik Osede. Oh well, I’m going to celebrate my victory anyway.
I’m going to try to move on quickly after a surprise defeat to local rivals Bury. Not good enough!!
After this game it left me determined to find a hot prospect to add to my squad in the right back area. Taking a slightly different approach to just bidding and hoping. I’ve offered 6 players 4 week trails to take a closer look. All the players are under 21 and of all different nationalities. First up is;
21-year-old Finnish youngster Kuajala joins Bolton on trail after his contract at Jaro came to an end.
21-year-old Angolan youngster Kaguako joins Bolton on trail after his contract at Drogheda Utd came to an end.
21-year-old English youngster Plews joins Bolton on trail after his contract at Middlesborough came to an end.
This is slightly embarrassing but Wassi was released by Bolton last season. Thankfully I wasn’t in charge when this happened.
Young Finnish defender was the only trail player to make an appearance for the Under 23’s this week. Unfortunately an unconvincing game lead to a poor match rating. Still not fully fit yet tho so the rest of his trail period maybe a better indication.
Disaster!! James Henry is sidelined for 9 months with a cruciate ligament problem. He’s only on loan for another 2 months tho. Before the start of the transfer window Max Clayton will be given a second chance and work his way back into my first team plans. Unfortunately for Clayton, I also have Dahlstrom who plays in the same position and although had a good start to his career at the Macron Stadium has only been appearing from the bench in recent weeks.
The last game of October couldn’t have gone any better, a brilliant 4-1 home win against Port Vale. Two goals from Clough and 2 from Wilks, could this be the perfect combination. Both my wide plays Clayton and Van der Heyton managed assists so all in all a pleasing performance.
21-year-old French youngster Diakubama joins Bolton on trail after his contract at Ljungby IF came to an end. Unfortunately he isn’t available for the next Under 23’s game.
Kujala, Plews, Kaguako and Wassi all played in the 4-3 defeat to Crystal Palace. Unfortunately Wassi got injured in the 16th minute but was replaced by Plews. Both Kujala and Kaguako played in other positions natural to them. Plews was the most inspired trialist on the pitch today. Although I feel Wassi can’t be judged do to his early injury. Luckily it doesn’t seem to be to serious and will be able to complete his trail without missing too much football.
As the end of October draws nearer I have decided to offer both Kujala and Wassi contracts with the club. I feel both of these players have potential to be useful players for the Bolton team. Before we go lets take a closer look at Yvan Wassi and Jori Kujala.
Yvan Wassi – A closer look
Yvan Wassi is a 19-year-old English right back who started his career at Man City before joining Bolton Wanderers. In June 2016 Wassi was released from his Bolton Wanderers contract. In October 2016 Wassi re-joined Bolton on trail as current manager Joe Shepherd saw potential in the former City and Bolton youngster.
Wassi’s Key Attributes
Wassi’s key attributes for the defensive right role are;
The above highlighted areas are key attributes for the role I would like Wassi to play. My only major concern regarding his attributes at the moment would be his extremely low determination which is something I will have to keep an eye on. Hopefully thru training I will be able to help him with his this side of his game. I will keep you all updated on how he is progressing. From now on in I will be doing a month by month update monitoring my youth prospects alongside Bolton’s progress.