Jussi Jaaskelainen

Number 22
Jussi Jaaskelainen
Apps : 39
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Yellow Cards : 2
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Jussi Jaaskelainen has grown into Bolton's first choice keeper in the last couple of years. Last season he was as responsible as any for Bolton's survival with numerous great performances, notably in the 2-1 win at Old Trafford. However it could be argued he still lacks enough experience to be a really top class keeper - getting sent off twice last season was evidence of that and his kicing is weak to the point of being a liability. Here's hoping his period training with an experienced keeper in Kevin Poole may have ironed these flaws out of his game.




Steve Banks

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Steve Banks
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Steve Banks is in a bit of a spot at Bolton currently. He is patently not in favour with Sam Allardyce, who drafted loan keepers in rather than play him when Jussi was injured or suspended last year. His chance of getting any sort of meaningful first team action seems remote at best. Yet over the summer a couple of possible moves fell through and it seems likely he wishes to stay at Bolton for some reason. Chances are the situation will hyave to be resolved soon and it looks like Steve's time at Bolton is short.




Jeremy Bon

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Jeremy Bon
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Jeremy Bon is one of Bolton's group of young 'prospects' from France. While yet to see any first team action (as far as I'm aware anyway) he arrived with a very hot reputation. I suspect however it will take an injury to Jaaskelainen for him to get a look in this season.







Kevin Poole

Number 30
Kevin Poole
Apps : 2
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Kevin Poole was drafted in last season as cover when Jaaskelainen wasn't available. He managed well enough to secure a year contract for this season, which possibly says more about the relationship between Allardyce and Banks than his longevity (Poole is something like 103). With luck, he'll spend pretty much all of this season on the bench.






Gudni Bergsson

Number 4
Gudni Bergsson
Apps : 31
Goals : 1
Yellow Cards : 5
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What is there left to say about Gudni Bergsson? It is testimony to his reputation within the club that speculation as to whether he would retire or not has been as important as transfer speculation during the last three summers. Many expected Gudni to retire after helping Bolton secure a successive season of Premiership football. In fact Gudni has decided to give it one more year before going back to Iceland to practice law but has said that it will be his last season regardless of the outcome. If he manages to maintain the level of his play of last season, when he gave most premiership forwards a very decent game, Bolton will find him very hard to replace.


Mike Whitlow

Number 3
Mike Whitlow
Apps : 15 + 4 as sub
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Yellow Cards : 2
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Mike Whitlow arrived at Bolton as a fullback but has transformed into quite a decent centre half. His appearances in the last seaason were disrupted by family illness and injury and he does tend to be a bit 'old school' and therefore end up sitting out suspensions. However this season it looks likely he will be second choice behind Bergsson and N'Gotty, so maybe sparing use of him will mean he is able to play without worrying about piling up yellow cards.





Bruno N'Gotty

Number 5
Bruno N'Gotty
Apps : 24
Goals : 1
Yellow Cards : 2
Red Cards : 1
Bruno N'Gotty arrived as an unknown quantity from France last season, a last gasp alternative after Sylvan Distan decided he'd much rather play for Newcastle than Bolton. This would be the same Sylvan Distan who now plays for Manchester City, so Newcastle obviously didn't think very much of him. In contrast N'Gotty was a revelation. Tall, quick and confident he shone out as Bolton's best defender last season. His passing is excellent and he very rarely panics, although he could do with being stronger in the air. Overall, Wanderers fans look back at the Distan debacle and think overall they got a much better deal than the player did.



Simon Charlton

Number 25
Simon Charlton
Apps : 27 + 3 as sub
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Yellow Cards : 2
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Simon Charlton was someone Bolton fans were somewhat worried about last season. He had been a good player in the Nationwide league, but fans wondered if he'd be able to make the step up to the premiership. Grimsby's wingers are one thing, Ryan Giggs and Harry Kewell are another thing entirely. As it turned out, we were very pleasantly surprised. Despite the change in class of opposition, Charlton seemed to just shrug his shoulders and get on with the job just as he had before. A workaholic full back who defended with terrier-ish zeal and got forward when he could, Simon ended the season in most shortlists for Player of the Season.


Anthony Barness

Number 24
Anthony Barness
Apps : 19 + 2 as sub
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Yellow Cards : 2
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Anthony Barness has never established himself as a first choice full back but has filled in pretty well when required. More of a cultured defender than the energetic Charlton, his strength is making the tackle then playing the ball back to where it will do Bolton some good. Nothing too fancy, but he does it well enough. He could possibly do with being a bit more agressive with the faster wingers and strikers he has to face in the Premiership though.




Ivan Campo

Ivan Campo
Apps : 30 + 1 as sub
Goals : 2
Yellow Cards : 13
Red Cards : 1
Ivan Campo was the subject of just about the most protracted transfer negotiations I can ever remember at Bolton. It toook months. Numerous agents seemed to be involved as well as everyone from Real Madrid's chairman tot he Italian government. Eventually Ivan arrived on a years loan and his first appearrmce was a sub in the 87th minute with Bolton 1-0 up at Old Trafford with Man United throwing everything including the kitchen sink at the Wanderers defense. Welcome to the Premiership Ivan! It's just a pity his previous massive hairdo is a bit more subdued these days..





Florent Laville

Florent Laville
Apps : 9
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Yellow Cards : 7
Red Cards : 1
Florent Laville arrived on the January transfer window as a loan until the end of the season. He made a promising debut in the game against Manchester United.





Bernard Mendy

Number 2
Bernard Mendy
Apps : 21 + 1 as sub
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Yellow Cards : 6
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Bernard Mendy is one of several French recruits to the Wanderers under Allardyce's tenure. In pre-season he has looked good - he is very pacey and not afraid to get forward with the ball but has also shown a good defensive brain when filling in for his central defensive teammates. However Sam has expressed the view that he needs to learn when it is best to go forward and when to stay back. That will only come with time and being only (I think) 22 means Bernard has a lot of time to learn. Here's hoping he will learn quickly.




Leam Richardson

Number 35
Leam Richardson
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Leam Richardson arrived two years ago and has found it very hard to break into the Bolton first team, although he has done nothing hugely wrong when given an opportunity. He has just had the bad luck to fall behind Charlton, Barness and N'Gotty last season for the full back slots. His refusal of a year long loan away from the club over the summer though suggests he may be willing to stay and attempt to fight for selection. This in itself is a good sign for the club and fans, as it suggests competition for places is high and therefore the team will be well motivated.