Date: 4th January 2015 at 9:13pm
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It’s time for Liam Trotter to step up and claim his place in the Bolton Wanderers side

Liam Trotter joined Bolton with a good reputation as an impressive Championship midfielder, who was strong and had the ability to trouble defences.

Dougie Freedman elected to play his new attacking midfielder in an already overpopulated holding role, limiting first team opportunities for the likes of Jay Spearing, Medo Kamara, Josh Vela and Keith Andrews.

I feel that this is the root of Trotter’s problems. Playing in this rigid structure renders him virtually useless- he can’t venture around the pitch and all it ultimately does is expose his weaknesses in tackling and heading. He doesn’t feel as though he can be overly adventurous and ends up being a rebound board- i.e. the ball just hits him.

Trotter had one of his best performances in a Bolton shirt yesterday against Wigan, a match in which he played in the attacking role that suits him best and he drew praise from his manager Neil Lennon who also looked to sign him during his Celtic days. To be fair, that can probably be said for most of the Championship.

He had a better game that usual, though many have drawn negatives from his performance, saying that poor defending flattered a rather mediocre performance from the former Ipswich man.

Anyway, do you believe that Trotter benefits from playing in a freer, more offensive role? If he was used in this role, would he finally silence the boo boys?

 

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