How Bolton Would Lineup With Oliver Burke In The Team
Recent reports have emerged linking newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers with a move for £13million man Oliver Burke of Leipzig.
The former Nottingham Forest star has spent most of his first season in Germany on the bench, though it proved to be a very successful year for the recently-formed team. The 20-year-old has been linked with Premier League clubs and it is not even surprising.
It’s highly unlikely that Burke will end up at Bolton, but you never know in this game! Here is how Wanderers might line up if they pulled off the transfer coup of the summer.
GK – Mark Howard
The 30-year-old former Sheffield United man can carry on in goal for Wanderers, though further cover will naturally be sought.
RB – Mark Little
A free signing from Bristol City; Little has the experience in this league and should make a handy recruit.
CB – David Wheater
The experienced former Middlesbrough man is a Bolton stalwart now and deserves another go at the Championship, having one time been thought of for England.
CB – Mark Beevers
The 27-year-old from Barnsley had a cracking season in League One and should step back up to this level without issues. Beevers has played over 160 games in the Championship for Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall and is just hitting his prime.
LB – Andrew Taylor
Now at the club permanently, the former Wigan man is another player with plenty of experience to call on in this division, having played in it for Reading, Wigan, Cardiff, Middlesbrough and Watford.
RM – Filipe Morais
The former Bradford man has been playing as a right wing-back but could slot into this role without any problem.
DM – Jay Spearing
The former Liverpool man has been at Bolton for 5 years now, spanning two divisions and is completing a full circle now to the Championship. His commitment is not in doubt and I’m sure he’ll start the season in the XI.
LM – Josh Vela
The young midfielder is a treat and played every single League One game last season. Vela loves to attack and would fit nicely into the position, playing if you like a role akin to that was made famous in recent times by Andres Iniesta.
RW – Oliver Burke
The reason for the change in the formation, Burke cannot be expected to play at right wing-back, nor is he a central midfielder. Playing up front is not really an option and so an attacking role from wide on the right is his forte and what a signing he would be.
LW – Tom Walker
The young midfielder is back from Bury now and if he impresses over the summer, he may well find himself in the starting eleven.
ST – Adam LeFondre
He really is a player with Championship pedigree and plenty is expected of him this season.