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How Good is Bolton’s Luca Connell Future, With Tottenham & Co Sniffing Around

It’s a really sad state of affairs at Bolton Wanderers this season, the club have been relegated back to League One and the ownership of the club still looms like a dark cloud over the University of Bolton Stadium.

To pour more misery on the Bolton fans, it seems one of their young starlets is grabbing the attention of many a Premier League suitor. Youngster Luca Connell is an Irish midfielder, who is out of contract come to the end of the season and, can leave for nothing more than training fees.

He’s made quite the impression in his 10 outings in the Championship this season for the Trotters. Playing in a defensive role in the midfield is his favoured position, however, he can be moved about a little to left-back or left-wing showing a good deal of versatility.

Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, Everton and Wolves have all got Connell firmly in their radars and with good reason too.

The 18-year-old is an up and coming star. He may not be the key signing the fans want for the likes of Spurs, who haven’t signed anyone in the past two transfer windows, but in what will be a very competitive market this window. Investing in the future may not seem the silliest of ideas for Pochettino.

He can certainly flourish at a club like Spurs who do give youth a chance, although a high possibility would be that he is sent back out on loan for a season in the Championship to gain some more game time experience.

Whatever his destination is, Luca Connell is a name that all Bolton fans will be keeping an eye on over the course of the next few seasons. Let’s hope that Bolton’s future can do a 360 and be as bright a future as the Irishman.

Bury join Bolton in being on the brink of administration, Salford back in form and Rochdale appoint Brian Barry-Murphy

This is the EFL and Below Show, your weekly look at all the footballing action in Greater Manchester which doesn’t come from Old Trafford or the Etihad.

Manchester Football Social’s Niall McCaughan is joined in the studio by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson from the Football Manc Cave, where Bolton and Bury’s financial turmoil is a big talking point.

The lads also chat Salford’s chances of National League promotion and Brian Barry-Murphy’s appointment as new Rochdale manager as they look to stave off relegation.

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Parkinson Must Gamble on FORGOTTEN MAN For Villa Win

After Bolton Wanderer’s fantastic start, the more optimistic of fans dreamt of life in the Premiership. However, those dreams quickly turned to nightmares, extinguished as quickly as they started. Languishing in 19th place, barely able to score a goal, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson must take drastic action to turn the tide.

However, blocking their path are fallen giants Aston Villa… thanks…

Bolton need to see this game as a great opportunity to upset the apple cart. Playing under the lights on a crisp Autumnal evening, Sky TV creating a palpable buzz about Villa Park, Parkinson should look to shake things up massively to give the weary Wanderers a chance to cut through the smog of the Black Country.

Simply put, he needs to take a gamble on the pocket rocket that is Erhun Oztumer. The Turk has rarely featured for the Wanderers this campaign, having only made 6 starts, and is known to be chomping at the bit. His flair and skills, plus the ability to thread a deadly pass could be what is needed to breathe new life into Bolton’s flatlining campaign.

Bolton simply cannot create any chances, hence their dire lack of goals, and the terrible run of form. Oztumer could be the only man in the squad who can provide the spark needed. He is something different, a showman, a talisman… the difference?

Bolton have a reasonable defence, conceding 20 goals in 15 games, not bad compared to their lower half rivals. However, they have only scored 11 goals, joint lowest in the Championship. Bolton must score more goals or else they will have to face life back in League One again.

Oztumer is definitely a gamble to start against Villa, but he has the capability to shake things up, catch the imagination of the crowd, maybe weave the killer pass… Because what’s the alternative… stay as we are and get beat 1-0.

Parkinson, the choice is yours.

Ken Anderson Should Ditch Parkinson For One of These Two Managers to Stop The Current Rot

Bolton Wanderers are having a tough time of it of late, despite being back in the second tier of the English pyramid for the second season on the trot following a brief flirt with League One. 

The current man in charge, and one that is majorly under the cosh – Phil Parkinson. Guided the Trotters back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Since then, transfer embargo’s and administration have hampered his time at the University of Bolton Stadium. With a last day win against Nottingham Forest securing survival, many of the fans would have been hoping to have, at least, a half decent season this year.

However, Bolton have won only once in the previous ten matches. Today Parkinson has come out to fight his corner, but it seems the vultures are starting to circle and many can’t see his reign lasting too much longer.

With the future not looking too rosy, the Football Manc Cave ran a poll – with 79% insisting on new blood being brought into the club immediately. We take a look at TWO managers who could replace Parkinson…

Sam Allardyce

Big Sam managed Bolton through thier best years in the Premier League, having guided the Trotters into Europe.

This may be a little left-field, however, Allardyce has a rich history of taking over a club in turmoil and on tight budgets. In turn, transforming them into stable teams, he even got West Ham United promoted from the Championship back in 2012.

Carlos Carvalhal

The Portuguese man has managed Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City. He led the Owls to two playoffs in his two years in charge – reaching the final in one and semi’s in the other.

His style of play didn’t go unnoticed and a move to Swansea happened.

He boasts a lot of experience in such a short space of time within English football and could be a good shout while he’s still out of work.