Jon Dadi Bodvarsson Bolton Wanderers starting hint and Amadou Bakayoko proving goal doubters wrong



Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is now in a position to start for Bolton while Amadou Bakayoko is reaping the benefits from the new system Wanderers have implemented and is proving any goal doubters wrong with his recent form in front of goal.

That’s the view of Wanderers boss Ian Evatt.

Bodvarsson has had a positive impact so far since his move in January from Championship side Millwall, for whom he played only once for in the first half of the season.

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The Iceland international has made half a dozen appearances for Wanderers so far and is still awaiting his first strike for his new club, but has looked more positive with each passing game.

And ahead of this evening’s clash on the road to Burton Albion, Evatt believes that Bodvarsson is now in a position to start matches for Wanderers after getting up to speed at his new club.

Evatt said: “What’s enabled us to go so slow with him is that we’re winning football matches and other players are in form. Jon hasn’t had a lot of football all season, we’ve had to build him up slowly and get him up to speed.

“But I feel he’s up to speed now and ready to go now. When he comes on, he shows moments of real class and quality. We’re looking forward to him starting games and I think he’s ready for that now.

“To get these types of players in we’ve had to give them certain promises and one is that they’ll enjoy playing for this football club and what we give them. They’ll enjoy the coaching, the philosophy, the way we play .

“I think if you ask Jon, he’s thoroughly bought into all of that and we’ve again proved that what we say is what we do. He’s really enjoying his football.

“He feels appreciated – he feels wanted by us, by the staff, by the players and fans. He’s having a good time – he’s ready to start games and I’m sure we’ll see him starting in the not too distant future. ”

Bakayoko is in a rich recent vein of form for Bolton in front of goal, having found the back of the net in three of his last four games.

His winner against Oxford United means he is now on eight goals in all competitions and is now the club’s joint second top scorer this campaign, alongside the departed Eoin Doyle.

Bakayoko has had limited time on the pitch for Wanderers owing to injuries this campaign, but Evatt believes Bakayoko is proving any doubters wrong with his recent form in a strike partnership.

Evatt said: “I think we should probably have learned lessons about making assumptions about players – you only have to look at James Trafford.

“You can’t judge a book by the cover and Baka hasn’t played in our team, in this system before, and the way we play he will get chances. He is showing he can take them once we create them.

“I thought there were other chances on Saturday where maybe the pass detail wasn’t there, especially in the first half. He is enjoying his football now, he’d been in and out with injury but now we have got him fit again and he adds a different dynamic to that centre-forward department, which now looks really strong.

“Goals are predominantly scored in that zone between the posts – that isn’t anything new.

“We say to the players get yourself in there. Referring back to Manchester City, how many times do you see the ball slide in that corridor between the goalkeeper and defenders and there is someone there to put it in.

“That is exactly the type of cross we want. There is no point putting in deep, flighty crosses. We aren’t really built for them. We want to hit that corridor or cut-back for late midfield arrivals. It was great to see Saturday that Marlon executed one perfectly and Baka was in there, right place, right time.”




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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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