The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW -

BOLTON new boy Aaron Wil­bra­ham is con­vinced the Trot­ters can defy ex­pec­ta­tions and steer clear of rel­e­ga­tion this sea­son. Wan­der­ers, pro­moted from League One last sea­son, are be­set by fi­nan­cial prob­lems and have been op­er­at­ing un­der a trans­fer em­bargo since the end of 2015. With man­ager Phil Parkin­son re­stricted to loans and free trans­fers this sum­mer, bookies make Bolton 13/8 joint­favourites for the drop along­side Bur­ton. But Wil­bra­ham, who re­jected a player-coach role at Bris­tol City to join the Trot­ters this week, reck­ons there is more than enough tal­ent at the Macron. Adam Arm­strong has ar­rived on loan from New­cas­tle, whilst Adam Le Fon­dre – who scored six goals in 15 games on loan from Cardiff last term – has signed a per­ma­nent deal. Former Brighton winger Will Buck­ley and veteran An­drew Tay­lor also fea­ture amongst seven new faces. “Look­ing at the squad and the sign­ings, I think we’re a lot bet­ter than peo­ple make out,” in­sists the 37-year-old striker, who will go straight into the side for to­day’s tele­vised show­down against Leeds. “From what I’ve seen this team is more than ca­pa­ble of stay­ing up. I’ve gen­uinely been re­ally impressed in train­ing. “The prob­lems off the pitch, it doesn’t bother me.”

UP­BEAT: Aaron Wil­bra­ham

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