For the first time in a long while, Bolton’s manager has got a tough decision to make over the striker selection for the weekend’s game against Rochdale.
While a few weeks ago, Keith Hill had to resort to playing midfielder Ali Crawford upfront in a false-nine position, the Wanderers boss now has four strikers fit and raring to go.
Daryl Murphy, Chris O’Grady. Joe Dodoo and Connor Hall will all be hoping to stake a claim for that first-team position but which of them is most likely to get the nod against Rochdale?
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Both Chris O’Grady and Connor Hall have both recovered from injuries within the last week and if they’re involved in the squad then it’s most likely going to be from the bench.
Joe Dodoo made his Wanderers debut last time out against Blackpool and took up a position on the right-wing. There is a chance he could start, providing that he’s outperformed Dennis Politic in training this week, otherwise he’s most likely to feature from the bench.
Daryl Murphy has been Keith Hill’s go-to man in recent matches after the former Forest man returned from injury and is looking most-likely to start yet again. While the Irish striker is yet to score for Bolton, he’s certainly been getting into the positions to create chances but has just lacked the legs to beat his defender. Hopefully, that’s something that will change before too long.
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Of all the problems you could have at a football club, having too many strikers to choose from is one of the better problems to have.
As usual, however, we’ll have to wait until an hour before kick-off to see what team selection Keith Hill decides to go with against Rochdale.
The upcoming Rochdale game will be the third meeting between the two clubs so far this season with Bolton losing and drawing the other two.