Will Buckley is likely to remain in the team as Wanderers’ striker injury crisis shows no signs of letting up.
It is no secret that Bolton are suffering somewhat of an injury crisis at the moment. Most pressing is the fact that all three of Bolton’s recognised strikers are stuck on the sidelines. according to the Bolton News.
Connor Hall has been out of the side since the season began while both Daryl Murphy and Chris O’Grady have been on the sidelines since their arrival at the start of September.
That has meant in Keith Hill’s opening three games, Ali Crawford and Will Buckley have had to take on the striker role.
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With the trio of attackers still expected to remain sidelined until at least October, Bolton boss Keith Hill is almost certainly left with no other options than the former Cardiff City man Will Buckley.
While Ali Crawford operated in more of a false-nine role against Rotherham, Bolton have found much more success with Will Buckley playing on the shoulder of the defence in the two games since.
Buckley, while not a regular in that position, has certainly given it his all and impressed. No one can deny that the makeshift striker has worked his socks off to press opposition defences and his floating shot that grazed the woodwork against Oxford definitely deserved a goal.
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Buckley is the best man for the job given the circumstances and has been utilised in the striker position before by Keith Hill during the early years of Buckley’s career at Rochdale where he first broke into professional football.
A goal or two from Buckley wouldn’t go amiss in Wanderers’ search for a first win of the season.
However, when Keith Hill’s side finally have a proper striker, or two, in the side, Bolton Wanderers will make a fearsome prospect.