Fulham’s Marlon Fossey on Bolton Wanderers future, goal acrobatics and Gethin Jones partnership

Marlon Fossey is keeping his focus solely on his immediate future at Bolton Wanderers and putting out of his mind the possibilities of his future in the summer.

The 23-year-old defender joined Wanderers in the January transfer window on loan from Fulham for the rest of the campaign.

He has slotted straight into Ian Evatt’s starting line-up and much of this has been spent as a right wing-back.

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He has played nine games so far and been a revelation, catching the eye with his performance and marauding runs down the right flank and contributing to Wanderers in the final third.

He scored his first goal for Bolton over the weekend in the 3-2 win on the road over Oxford United.

Evatt has spoken that he would like to keep Fossey beyond his loan spell ending in the summer, with the defender’s contract at Craven Cottage running out in the summer of 2023.

But Fossey says he is solely focused on the here and now as he believes his loan spell at Bolton has gone well so far.

He said: “Like I said before I like to try and keep my focus in the now and it seems to be working for me at the moment.

“It is always nice when you are appreciated, and the fans have been great, but I think it is important I keep looking at the next game, the short-term, and then my performances will benefit.

“I thank the gaffer for trusting me because many clubs didn’t before I came here.

“I am enjoying playing under him and playing in this team, there is a lot of quality here and it is a lot more enjoyable when you play with good players. I am loving it on and off the pitch.

“I have tried to put no expectations on it, just to play my game. It has turned out good, for sure, but I tried not to put pressure on myself before I arrived and that has helped a lot.”

Wanderers have gone seven games unbeaten following the victory over the U’s with Fossey, Declan John and Amadou Bakayoko on the scoresheet at the Kassam Stadium over the weekend.

Fossey produced an acrobatic celebration for his strike which comes from his background in gymnastics as he reflected on his goal and the hopes Wanderers have for the rest of the season, with ambitions in the play-offs in the background.

He said: “The celebration came from my gymnastic background. The rustiness of it is because I haven’t scored in four or five years. Hopefully it will get smoother, the more I score.

“We were under no illusion that we needed a win if we are going to get where we want to go at the end of the season. It was a battle but our quality shone through, it was a big win.

“My conversion rate has been a bit low of late, so I have been joining in with the attacking players finishing off the training, so it has paid off.

“It is always a lot better when you are winning. And you win games the better you feel, so long may it continue.

“I did a lot of cross-country when I was younger so I thank my mum for putting me into so many sports, it has helped in many ways with my football and maintaining intensity for the whole game.

“The more I run, the more it helps the team. And I’ll keep on doing it because things are going well for us.

“I competed for Jersey a few times (at gymnastics) but ended up having to focus on football because I wanted to get to a higher level. Luckily, a lot of what I learned has stayed with me.

“The gaffer is keeping us on our toes and it is clear there is a lot of quality on the bench, people who can get in the team. The starting players are working hard to keep this spot and it has improved the standards for everyone on the pitch.

“Every game is important for us now so the biggest thing for us is to try and not look too far into the distance, it would be like shooting ourselves in the foot if we did.

“We just need to keep plucking away, shortening the gap, and we have done that this week so mission accomplished.”

Fossey is playing in the same time as Wanderers vice captain Gethin Jones, who filled the right-back slot before the 23-year-old’s arrival.

Jones has since moved into the right slot of a back three to stay in the team and has built a good chemistry with Fossey on that flank, both in attack and defense.

That was shown with the ball the vice-captain released for Fossey to deliver to Bakayoko for the late winner over Oxford and the Fulham loanee believes the partnership with Jones has come very naturally.

He said: “Me and Geth are building a good relationship down that side and he saw where I was going to run. I put it into an area knowing Bak’s would be there and I have finished the job.

“Surprisingly, it came very natural to the partnership. It is always easier when someone knows where you are going to go, that connection, and it is helping the team a lot.

“It is really important. If decisions are made quicker on the pitch then it helps the team and with me and Gethin we know each other, when it comes to playing me in behind an opponent or to feet we know what each other expect.”


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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