Bolton boss Ian Evatt is looking build from the ground up at his new club who have a new set of players to utilise next season. One way he can make a statement at the beginning of the new season is to succeed in the group fixtures of the EFL Trophy...
The EFL Trophy is open to the EFL League One, League Two and sixteen under-21 sides from Premier League and EFL Championship clubs.
Bolton Wanderer’s plummet to the fourth division has been a hard watch for the fans. But with a new boss and a new set of players, the side have a great opportunity to start fresh.
Evatt has introduced sixteen new faces to the club after a stressful season that was carried by the youth. Of the sixteen fresh faces, only three are from leagues lower down. The rest are a concoction of talents from the Championship, League One and League Two. Excluding Reiss Greenidge who arrived from Norway.
Bolton’s EFL Trophy group
Wanderers are to face Crewe Alexandra, Shrewsbury Town and Newcastle U21s in the EFL Trophy group fixtures respectively. It is yet to been seen what Evatt can do with his new cast, but the level of individual talent in the team suggests that they could get on to the knockout stages.
Bolton fans must hope that Evatt is the right man for the job, quickly gelling an entire squad is a difficult thing to accomplish. However, the nature of the signings will allow them all to hit the ground running as they are all familiar with the league and many have played consistently well at a higher level.
Bolton might have little chance in the FA Cup or the EFL Cup, but this competition is well within the ballpark of its new collective. Perhaps it will take a season to gel the squad and where Bolton will finish in the league is up in the air. But Bolton fans could have something to cheer about should Evatt succeed in the EFL Trophy competition.