Is Bolton’s manager failing to learn the right lessons that could save Wanderers’ season?
It’s pretty safe to say that Bolton aren’t having one of their best seasons.
With five wins in 27 league games this season, it’s fairly obvious that something at the club isn’t quite right.
Before Bolton’s boxing day win over Rotherham, the Trotters had earned just three points from their last 13 games.
Therefore, the win over Rotherham was a welcome festive surprise. The main reason for the win? Apart from facing a poor Rotherham side, we believe that it’s due to Parkinson’s rare use of two strikers.
It’s been proven in the last few games that Bolton playing with just one striker plainly doesn’t yield results.
You can see it clearly in the FA Cup win over Walsall. In the first half, Wanderers played with just one attacking player up-top. What happened? Bolton went into half time a goal down. The second half comes along and Parkinson brings on an extra striker in Clayton Donaldson and Wanderers go on and score five goals in one half for the first time since 1997.
So why then, after a promising Christmas period where Bolton managed to earn more points in two games than the previous 13, does Parkinson revert to playing one striker up front?
Just like following the political situation in Britain right now, why does following Bolton Wanderers feel like Groundhog Day?
Bolton lose and water is wet.
It’s the same story every week and makes following the club very difficult.
Will the formation change against West Brom?
Now, chances of Parkinson playing with two strikers against high-flying West Brom are slim to none. However, when it clearly paid dividends against Rotherham and Walsall, why does Bolton’s manager seem so reluctant to play two up-top once more?
Then again, with the failed transfer of Christian Doidge, Bolton’s list of attacking options has shrunk somewhat.
With the club teetering on the edge with its financial safety at the moment too, it’s going to be a long few months until this season’s over.
The blame can’t all be placed on Parkinson’s shoulders for his ability, or lack thereof, to make any new signings. You must remember though, he is in charge of picking the team each week and it does appear that he’s failing to take note of the lessons that should have been learned over Christmas.
It’s never an easy time to support Bolton Wanderers but now more than ever seems particularly tough.