Anyone who’s seen Bolton Wanderers play this season will have become accustomed to the less-than-attractive style of play on show. What Wanderers fans have endured this season is hoofball at its most prominent.

At the very first opportunity, Bolton’s players will look to smash the ball upfield in desperation, attempting to pick out the team’s often lone striker.

More often than not, it simply doesn’t work and we end up losing possession.

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The problem has become so bad that the Wanderers have easily the worst possession stats in the league. The team have averaged a meagre 43.3% possession all year. It really isn’t hard to see why the stats are so low. When you have a team that can barely string two or three passes together, hoofing the ball upfield must seem like the best option for some.


Unfortunately for supporters, this style of football is unlikely to change while the current manager and playing staff remain.

While Parkinson’s style may have worked well enough in League One, sides in the Championship possess too much quality for consistent long balls to be of any threat.

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All the off-pitch troubles aside, it has been, without doubt, one of the biggest causes for Bolton’s struggles this year.

Granted, you can’t expect Bolton’s current crop of players to emulate the likes of Barcelona or Manchester City but Parkinson’s dependence on this brand of hoofball really isn’t the way to go.

As well as being dull to watch, it clearly isn’t getting results either.

Time for a change, Bolton fans?

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