Gary Cahill is determined to steer Bolton away from trouble after admitting it has been a difficult start to the season.
The defender has broken through at international level this term to become a more established member of the England squad, but has not had such a happy time in the Premier League.
As well as seeing Bolton struggle at the wrong end of the table, he has had to contend with transfer speculation since the summer and reports continue to suggest he will leave the Reebok Stadium in January.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed on Wednesday that he found Cahill an 'interesting' player, while a number of other clubs are rumoured to be keeping tabs on his situation.
The 26-year-old is staying focused on the Trotters, though, and hopes to build on an important 2-1 victory over Blackburn earlier this week.
Ends of the scale
That result lifted Bolton off the bottom of the table for Christmas but they are still embroiled in a relegation battle and Cahill is desperate to pick up more points in the forthcoming home games against Newcastle and Wolves.
"It has been a tough start to the season for me," said the centre-back.
"Playing here and then playing for England has been two completely different ends of the scale.
"Hopefully we can go into the New Year now and start picking up some more points.
"We're still in the bottom three and it's going to be a hard season. But we've given ourselves three points leading into two home games."