Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Boys a bit special...

Daniel Sturridge debuted with a goal, giving Bolton a deserved win over Wolves at The Reebok.

What will be interesting to see is the starting XI for this weekend's away match against Tottenham.  A lot of Bolton supporters are calling on Owen Coyle to play Sturridge from the start.  The funny thing is they are split almost down the middle on who to drop to the bench from the current forwards, Johann Elmander or Kevin Davies.

The truth is that Coyle, much like Gary Megson, Sammy Lee, and Sam Allardye before him, will never drop Kevin Davies of his own accord.  That means the only way Sturridge starts is if Elmander drops to the bench.  Elmander has 10 goals this season, but has not been scoring a lot recently.

I think the decision should be made based on the matchup.  Harry Redknapp claims Spurs are down to one healthy central defender.  If whoever he starts there are bigger, stronger enforcers, then Coyle should start with Sturridge and his pace.  On the other hand, if 'arry starts three fullbacks across the backline, then Wanderers might be better served bludgeoning them to death with Elmander and Davies.

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