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Bolton Wanderers’ backline should look like this against Coventry City

Bolton Wanderers face Coventry City this weekend and will try to keep a clean sheet, seeing as they’re already behind in points and they lost to Wycombe in their opening game.

As a Bolton fan, I’m proud of the squad that faced Wycombe at the weekend. As the youngsters who went out there were up to standard and managed to keep it 0-0 at half time. I think most fans expected to be losing at that stage.

The team has had another blow since that game after losing Connor Hall and Josh Earl to ankle injuries. Getting injured was always going to happen as they’re not properly warmed up over the summer, with all the problems financially. With this in mind, here’s who should get a game in defence for Bolton on Saturday.

Liam Edwards

He made his league debut against Wycombe and should start again this weekend. As one of our remaining senior squad member, he’s definitely going to be relied on for the majority of the season.

Yoan Zouma

Another player that started last weekend and should be picked again. He’s become a fan favourite after his efforts on Saturday. As a senior, he should be called up to duty anyway, however, he managed to impress fans after going in for every ball and giving his all. He will surely be a big part of the season.

Harry Brockbank

Harry got his debut at the end of last season so was always going to be a part of the back online for the Trotters this season if he stayed. He played against Wycombe at the weekend and couldn’t thank the fans enough for their support. He will be heavily relied on throughout this season.

Joe White

14 minutes into the game last weekend is when Bolton lost Josh Earl to an injury. Joe White came on as a replacement for him so I suspect that he will have to fill in this weekend in the same position. These four players, if they do start at the weekend, will have to work hard in training to gel together quickly.

In addition to these options, there’s also Jordan Boon and Adam Senior as options from the Under 18’s squad. They can be brought on if the defence is struggling which I also suspect it will.

Burnley link to Bolton Wanderers youngster is a sign of the future for Dyche?

Another exciting English youngster is looking to break his way into the Premier League.

Burnley are following suit of other Premier League clubs by displaying an interest in a promising young English talent. A luxury that will fetch a sweet penny after being proven at a Premier League standard. It is Bolton Wanderers’ 20 year-old full-back Harry Brockbank who is garnering attention from other clubs amid Bolton’s relegation into League One.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley squad had a rough 2018/19 season, narrowly escaping relegation by six points. With it mind that Sean Dyche needs to massively improve his Burnley squad. It may seem a strange pursuit to go after Bolton’s Harry Brockbank, as he only started three games towards the end of Bolton’s very troublesome season.

However, many clubs including Sunderland, Brentford and Ipswich are keen on Harry Brockbank, meaning that he must offer something that over clubs are keen on bringing in. In Burnley’s case, Harry Brockbank could gain Premier League experience as an understudy to the incredibly experienced Phil Bardsley, who turns 34 this summer.

Sean Dyche’s interest in the youngster demonstrates an interest in securing a solid future for the side. We could see Brockbank gain interest from big clubs in years to come, potentially fetching a similar price to the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and other English Premier League talents.

Opinion: Is a Move To Ipswich Town The Wisest Move For Bolton Wanderers’ Harry Brockbank

It seems then like everyone is wanting out at Bolton Wanderers, the latest to be linked with a move away is the 20-year-old defensive prospect, Harry Brockbank.

Despite only making three appearances for struggling Bolton in the Championship last season, a host of Championship and League One clubs are after the young centre back, with Ipswich being the latest link. Ipswich finished bottom of the Championship last season, but are already assembling a good squad to try and rebound straight back into the second flight.

The young defender, who is capable of playing at right back, centre back and defensive midfield, would be a great addition to any squad due to his versatility and raw talent, he is the kind of player that managers love and can build a team around.

After impressing many teams during his Bolton debut against now Premier League Aston Villa, the young full-back can leave the team on a free due to the clubs off-field issues. However, if he wants guaranteed first-team football, then perhaps him staying for one more year at his home side wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. It’s a chance to get some more experience under his belt before being a squad player in the same division.

For Ipswich this move would be a great deal, signing a potential star full back for the years to come, get him some game time in League One ready for if they do go back up. Even if they then sold him on, signing the young lad on a free makes business sense.

For Brockbank, I think it all comes down to game time, if whether it be Ipswich or wherever he moves, can guarantee the game time then, by all means, he should go and play his football at the right end of League One. However, if he is just going to be a squad player then perhaps it would better him to stay at Bolton, yes they are likely to go down again due to starting the season on minus 12 points, but at least he is likely to play the vast majority of games.