We interview Bolton supporter Anis from Voice of Bolton ahead of the Whites trip to Anfield on Saturday.
– What have you made of Bolton’s summer business so far?
So far it’s been brilliant. We’ve not seen this much transfer activity at Bolton for quite some time. We must have done something right over the last season for new signings to recognise what we have at the club and what we’re looking to achieve over this season. Although we’ve had a few injuries to some key players in pre-season, we’re still on track to secure the signatures for a few who are to come in and bolster the squad and ensure we have a good chance at achieving our targets.
– What sort of impact would selling Gary Cahill have on the team?
Cahill has been magnificent for us. He’s proved he has what it takes to play football at the highest level. With further England caps in his sight, if he’s going to stand a chance to secure his place for the Three Lions, he needs to be playing football at a much higher level than he is getting at Bolton.
Whether this be at Arsenal, Liverpool or Spurs – we don’t yet know.
Nevertheless, to get at least £10+ million for a player we originally bought for £4-5m is good business. Then again, we do have David Wheater waiting in Cahill’s shadow to step up and take his place.
The impact – yes, we’ll see a difference in the short term, but we’re sure we’ll be able to cope with his departure.
– You’ve been strongly linked with David Ngog lately, are you pleased about his seemingly imminent arrival?
David N’gog would be a great signing for us. He’s young, has great pace and also will be bursting full of energy to prove his worth. With Davo and Klasnic being the only experienced Forwards/Strikers – we need to add more shooters to the
squad and N’gog is a player Bolton fans want to see at the Reebok.
– What should we expect from Coyle and Bolton in terms of tactics?
Coyley will go out for the win – no doubt about it. Expect Petrov and Eagles to give you some problems in midfield, and as always, our Captain Fantastic – Kevin Davies to give your defenders a hard time. Expect the defenders to get a bruise
– Which Liverpool player(s) are you most worried about facing?
We need to keep Suarez & Maxi quiet for the whole game. If these two get a decent chance – they’re going to make sure it counts!
– What are your expectations for your season as a whole?
We would be happy to finish in the top 10. That, for us, would be an improvement over last season. At Bolton, although we miss the success we had under Big Sam – where we got a taste of European football and we’re in no rush to push ourselves to that level. If we secure an European spot this year, be it by place or by winning a cup, it’ll be a bonus. If we achieve a top 10 place this season then Europe may be on the cards in our next campaign.
– Seeing as it’s early in the season, do you mind using your magical ball and predicting the following:
– Champions: Manchester United. As much as it pains me to say this, it will be the Red part of Manchester that will be celebrating.
– Relegated: QPR, Swansea and Norwich. The three newly promoted teams will fight until the bitter end but the strength of the experienced Premier League teams will push them out of the top flight. I would’ve mentioned Blackburn but after seeing them linked to a few good names, and the signing of Vuckevic may see them avoid relegation for at least this season.
– Top Scorer: Luis Suarez.
– Liverpool to finish: 3rd
– Bolton to finish: 8th – 10th
Thanks to Anis from Voice of Bolton for answering our questions. To read what we had to say, visit Voice of Bolton here.