Currently second last in the table with a single point more than Derby County and just one win in their twelve games, things are not looking good at all for Bolton Wanderers. With the ever loyal Nicolas Anelka (extreme sarcasm may be present) stressing every other day that he will probably be leaving Bolton in January, relegation is by no means a distant nightmare for a team who finished in the European qualifying places last season.
After the sacking of Sammy Lee due to Bolton’s shambolic start to the Premiership season, Gary Megson has improved results- but not by much. Bolton have picked up two draws in their past two games; while the latest one, a match against West Ham at Upton Park was tricky, the club really should have disposed of Aston Villa at the Reebok. Coming back to draw in the 90th minute against West Ham United would have been a great boost for the club, and fans will hope that this will be the jumpstart that their season needed; sadly, with the squad they have it does not look like anything other than the bottom half of the table for them.
When Anelka leaves in January (and I say when, because he certainly will), Bolton are screwed. Screwed really, really badly in fact, as Anelka is the one player they have that can create a goal out of nothing; their other players don’t even come close. With Anelka in the side, Bolton look potent up front (at times), and if they do not replace him with a similarly talented striker, which they do not have the funds to do, they will go down. A good bet for Megson if he’s still around would be to try and bring in Alfonso Alves from the Eredivise on a loan deal; how willing he would be to come is another matter altogether.