Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Milton Keynes Dons

  • August 06, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Two years removed from the start of their previous League One campaign, Bolton return to the third-tier as a very different outfit.

On August 3, 2019, Phil Parkinson handed debuts to eight players - four of whom were from the club's academy ranks - as the Trotters bravely fell to defeat at Wycombe Wanderers.

Only five of those to have made the squad that day at Adams Park remain for Saturday's visit of Milton Keynes Dons - Liam Edwards, Harry Brockbank, Dennis Politic, Ronan Darcy and Adam Senior.

Such was Bolton's plight at that particular time, Parkinson would resign from his role as manager just over a fortnight later and Wanderers would put up little fight in their battle against relegation under his successor, Keith Hill.

After a solitary season in League Two, one which resulted in immediate promotion back to League One, current boss Ian Evatt will be looking to continue his remarkable rise up the English football pyramid just two years after he was taking charge of Barrow in the National League.

Evatt has made no secret of his desire to one-day manage in the Premier League and is adament he can achieve his ambition whilst at the helm at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Supporters will be in attendance for a competitive fixture for the first time in 18 months, many of whom will be seeing a number of players for the first time, but Wanderers may not be quite at full strength after a pre-season disrupted by COVID-19.

Matt Gilks, Ricardo Almeida Santos, Kieran Lee and Eoin Doyle have all seen game-time restricted over the past month and although all are fit and healthy, Tuesday's Carabao Cup clash with Barnsley may be the opportune time for them to build up match sharpness.

Another likely absentee is Dennis Politic, whose return from a long-standing knee injury was also hit by a period of self-isolation, whilst the trio of Liam Edwards (knee), Finlay Lockett (knee) and on-loan Xavier Amaechi (foot) also sit on the treatment table.

A number of departures are expected before the closure of the summer transfer window at the end of the month but two already plying their trade elsewhere are Reiss Greenidge, who will spend the season on loan at Barnet, and academy goalkeeper Luke Hutchinson, who has joined Atherton Collieries on a work-experience loan.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Gilks, Dixon, Alexander, Jones, John, Santos, Johnston, Aimson, Brockbank, Baptiste, Gordon, Senior, Williams, Sheehan, Sarcevic, Afolayan, Tutte, Lee, Politic, Isgrove, Thomason, Comley, Darcy, Crawford, Delfouneso, Doyle, Bakayoko, Kachunga

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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Poll

Who is Bolton's 2021/22 Player of the Year?
32.58% Oladapo Afolayan
30.96% Gethin Jones
21.72% Ricardo Almeida Santos
5.51% Declan John
4.05% Kieran Lee
3.08% MJ Williams
1.78% Joel Dixon
0.32% George Johnston