Jussi backs Trotters
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jussi Jaaskelainen says Bolton are as good as anyone outside of the top three.Jussi Jaaskelainen says that Bolton Wanderers are as good as anyone in The Premiership outside of the top three.
The Trotters are still in the hunt for fourth place, battling it out with Merseysiders Liverpool and Everton for the final UEFA Champions League place.
Finnish goalkeeper Jaaskelainen says that Bolton's squad is every bit as good as any other Premiership side, apart from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
"We have proved this season we have a squad good enough to compete with the best," said Jaaskelainen.
"If you ignore the top three, there aren't many players who we would swap for ours."
Bolton's successful transformation from unfashionable relegation battlers into European hopefuls has come mainly due to Sam Allardyce.
The Reebok Stadium boss has consistently found some bargains in the transfer market, and he believes one of them is Tal Ben Haim.
Allardyce says the Israeli defender is becoming a major force in The Premiership, and he aimed a swipe at Aston Villa for not signing him while they had the chance.
"Tal Ben Haim is turning into a major force in The Premiership at the age of 22, which is young for a defender," Allardyce told the club's official website.
"Aston Villa must be kicking themselves for not signing him when they had the chance."