First of all, the good news. Matthew Upson, Robert Green and Lucas Neill have all been offered new contracts.
As our minds turn towards the Bolton game, I thought we might indulge in a bit of speculation about the likely line-up. Lucas Neill in suspended and Carlton Cole is injured. Let’s look at these in turn.
The two likely replacements are Valon Behrami or Jonathan Spector. Spector has never let us down and I would play him there with Behrami returning to midfield.
The natural thing to do would be to play Diego Tristan and David di Michele up front. But Tristan was woeful last weekend. The last time I saw a player that show, his name was Lee Chapman. I think a front duo of DDM and Savio would be a good idea. Bolton’s defence is quite slow, and these two might cause them a lot of problems. I still think Tristan will get the nod though.