This is a hard pick for me because I was thrilled when Jack Payne signed, but I don’t think he’s impressed in recent weeks. It might be he’s jaded from the run of games, it might be the change in personnel, but I suspect that a fresh pair of legs in the middle would be a big boost.
Andrade has the skill and craft to work as a ten; he did it at Boreham Wood and looked every inch a central player. I would put him behind Walker because Andrade is more likely to rattle shots off if a half-chance pops up. That would mean bringing Anderson in on the wing; Payne could play out there but he kept drifting inside against Portsmouth and that made us lopsided.
Jorge Grant started the season well and I like him on the other flank, all three providing support for Walker. I could see Andrade getting more half-chances off Walker than he gets cutting in from the wing and maybe that can help us drive the goals for column up.
The other big shout here is Connolly and Eardley. I know some think it’s time Neal had a spell on the bench but I disagree. His delivery is still as good as anyone we have in the side and with a centre back who is mobile, such as Connolly, I think Neal has to stay in the side. Also, Thibaud Verlinden is the pacey left-sided winger that would be facing Eardley but he’s a big doubt for the weekend and they had Chris O’Grady there this week. He’s not the quickest and that reduces Eardley’s chances of being exposed if he pushes forward.
What would you play though? Is 4-4-2 worth the risk, given that we only have two strikers on our books? Or, does Michael Appleton look to play the best formation for the squad, making his players fit a system that’s enforced upon him without the depth he might like? Have your say below and, if you’re so inclined, leave some comments too.
Which formation would you play against Bolton?
- 4-2-3-1 (63%, 53 Votes)
- 4-4-2 (26%, 22 Votes)
- 4-4-1-1 (7%, 6 Votes)
- Something else (4%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 84