Bolton bow for Anelka

08 September 2006 07:44
Temperamental French striker Nicolas Anelka will make his first appearance in a Bolton shirt on Saturday as Sam Allardyce's side look to beat newly-promoted Watford at the Reebok Stadium. The 27-year-old moved to Wanderers last month from Fenerbahce in an £8million deal and will take the place of the suspended Kevin Davies in attack after the former Chesterfield striker was dismissed in the recent defeat at Charlton Athletic. Anelka has already played for Paris St Germain (twice), Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City and Fenerbahce but insists his troublesome reputation is unjustified. "To say I am a bad boy - then people do not know me," he said. "When I was in Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester, I did good things. "I just want to play football, that's it. I just have to speak on the pitch. "I had a great time in Turkey but everywhere you go everyone is watching the Premier League. I could have gone to France or Germany but I wanted to come here to England." Allardyce's wafer-thin squad is stretched to the limit although he could have Quinton Fortune available for selection as the South African midfielder has recovered from an ankle injury. However, Ricardo Gardner is not likely to return to action until next month and Stelios Giannakopoulos is facing three weeks out with a groin injury. Watford have shown in their first three games of the season that they are not overawed by life in the Premiership. However, they have only one point to their credit - from the draw with West Ham United - and have lost 2-1 to both Everton and Manchester United. Adrian Boothroyd brought Tommy Smith back to Vicarage Road on transfer deadline day and the former Derby County forward could feature on Saturday. Clarke Carlisle and Sheku Kamara are both facing a race against time as they bid to be fit enough to play this weekend as they battle back from knee injuries. The two sides met in an FA Cup third round clash at Vicarage Road last season in a game which Bolton won 3-0.

Source: ESA