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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Southend United

1 September 2016

With five players hoping to make their Wanderers debuts on Saturday, what to look out for against the Shrimpers at Macron Stadium

Top of the Sky Bet League One table and still unbeaten heading into the second month of the campaign, Phil Parkinson signed five new players on transfer deadline day earlier this week.

With the quintet all looking to make their debuts this weekend as Wanderers host Phil Brown's Southend United, highlights five rather obvious talking points ahead of Saturday's clash with the Shrimpers.

1. Ben Alnwick
An experience shot-stopper at Sky Bet League One level, the goalkeeper signed a two-year deal with Wanderers following the cancellation of his contract at Peterborough United. 

With Mark Howard currently Phil Parkinson's first choice goalkeeper following his fine start to the campaign, Alnwick will be looking to make his mark as he offers competition between the sticks and looks to stake his own claim for a starting role.

2. Sammy Ameobi
Brother of former Wanderers forward Shola, Ameobi will be keen to follow in his footsteps when the Whites host Southend United on Saturday.

Having seen his older brother net on his Bolton debut against Leeds United last season, the pacey forward will be looking to make a similar first impression having already highlighed his desire to score goals for the club following his loan move from Newcastle United.

3. Keshi Anderson
Having seen a prolific loan spell with Doncaster Rovers cut short last season because of injury, Anderson will be looking to make up for lost time after recovering in time to feature for parent club Crystal Palace in pre-season.

Highly-regarded by the Eagles, the forward, who famously earned his move to Alan Pardew's side after scoring a six-minute perfect hat-trick against them in a trial match, signed a new deal with the club prior to moving to Macron Stadium on loan.

A potent finisher at non-league level before his move to Palace, the Trotters fought off competition from a number of clubs to bring the 21-year-old to Macron Stadium, and will be hoping to see him continue to get among the goals.

4. James Henry 
A past thorn in the Wanderers defence having scored against the club in each of the past two seasons, Henry will be hoping to equally effective in the white of Bolton after joining the club on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Having previously played alongside Trotters trio Mark Beevers, Chris Taylor and Liam Trotter at Millwall, the wideman will be wanting to settle quickly as Phil Parkinson's side looking to maintain their impressive start to the season.

A Sky Bet League One winner with Wolves in 2013/14, the 27-year-old scored an impressive 10 goals during that campaign the last time he plied his trade in the third tier, and will be hungry to taste similar success at Macron Stadium.

5. Tom Thorpe
The last of Wanderers' five deadline day signings, the Whites completed the signing of Thorpe shortly before Wednesday's 11pm deadline.

Reuniting with manager Phil Parkinson after spending time on loan at Bradford City last season, the versatile defender has joined Bolton on a season-long loan from Rotherham United.

Having come through the ranks at Manchester United, the former England Under-21s international, who is also capable of playing in midfield, will be looking to again make a positive impression on the gaffer.

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