Trotters in Trouble

By: bnwba

He had to do it. Otherwise he would have been known as Sam Allardyce's apprentice. But has the tactical change from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 killed off Sammy Lee's Bolton Wanderers?

Lee obviously wants Bolton to be known as his side but completely changing the team's tactics when they have been successful using the 4-3-3 system over the past 8 seasons under Allardyce could come back to haunt him. With a lacklustre performance against Allardyce's new team, Newcastle, Sammy Lee had to admit that he needed a few new faces. A defence normally seen to be water tight has had more leaks than the Titanic over the last two games and a usually creative midfield has had just the lone bright spark of the evergreen veteran, Gary Speed, sparking as usual.

Whether the loss of influential manager, Allardyce, to a rival team or the constant talk of Nicholas Anelka and El-Hadji Diouf leaving the Lancashire club has affected them mentally or whether the participation in the Far East's Peace Cup has tired them physically before the season could begin one thing is certain. Bolton need to pick up their form of the past few seasons.

Now with a loss against a mediocre Fulham on a rainy night in West London, Bolton are looking like a surprisingly weak team this campaign. Their only two goals of the current season have been results of poor defending on a break and an easy tap in courtesy of a goalkeeper mistake. With strikers such as Kevin Davies, Heidar Helguson and Nicholas Anelka, this will be unacceptable to Sammy Lee.

So how will Bolton fare? Will they carry on their success of previous campaigns or will they be relegation battlers? Time will tell.

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