Jon Dadi Bodvarsson opens up on Millwall struggles and why he wanted Bolton Wanderers transfer


Jon Dadi Bodvarsson admits something was missing which contributed to his time at Millwall not working out and though there was hesitance about dropping down to League One feels he can flourish at Bolton Wanderers.

The 29-year-old striker moved to Wanderers on a free transfer from the Championship side earlier on in the January transfer window.

He put pen to paper on an 18 month deal at Wanderers and made his Bolton debut last weekend against Shrewsbury Town.

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The Iceland international racked up 76 appearances for the Lions but only one of those came this season as the striker became not part of Gary Rowett’s plans at the Den.

Bodvarsson has now spoken of why his time at Millwall did not work out and believes he did not feel at home there, even though he had positives to say about his former team mates and manager.

But he admits it was a struggle to stay positive when not in the first team picture and was pleased to make the move in January when the offer of moving to Wanderers became an option.

He said: “It’s hard to put one thing into it. It was just a combination of a couple of things really. I think sometimes you come into an environment or a football club where things just don’t pan out or work out and maybe you don’t feel quite at home. That’s what I was struggling with a bit there.

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“The team mates were fantastic, the managers there were good as well, it was just something was missing and I didn’t really feel comfortable or good there, and obviously if you don’t feel good, you’re not going to play well and that’s what was the main thing really.

“That’s the hard thing about football when that happens to you. I don’t wish that upon anyone because the longer it takes, it affects you mentally and I’ll admit, there was a time when I was thinking ‘what am I doing here?’

“It had been three months and I hadn’t played a game, so I was desperate to go somewhere in January and thankfully Bolton came into the picture and I was straightway, yes, get me here.

“I’ll admit there were times where it was just up to me and what can you control and that was just so important for me to deal with the things that you can control and that was to try and stay as fit as possible, train extra, go to the gym a bit more than usual.

“These small things like diet and sleep, all of these things, that’s what you can control and that’s what I focused on. But I’ll admit for such a long time there was days where I was just really mentally not up there and I think that’s just human nature in us.

“Fitness-wise I feel like I’m not really far off it, I think it was just mainly the game fitness, but training with the lads and everything, I don’t feel I’m far off it.”

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In moving to Bolton, Bodvarsson is playing League One football for the first time since moving to England, his previous time in this country being spent in the Championship with Wolves, Reading and Millwall.

The striker admits there was some hesitancy at first surrounding the prospect of dropping down a division, but is looking forward to the style of play under Ian Evatt for an ambitious Bolton team and believes it will suit his game.

He said: “I think obviously being in League One and playing in the Championship for the last five and a half years, I’ll admit I hesitated a bit because you’re going to step down a level.

“But that was just the reality of my situation at the time. I didn’t really have a lot of options to choose from and I know Bolton, they want to play good football, they’re a famous club and they’re ambitious I felt like it’s a win-win really, let’s go for it.

“I actually love the idea of ​​it (style of play) and I think the manager as well, he’s very ambitious and has meetings with the center forwards and midfielders, just to talk for 10 minutes about what can we do better and he goes through clips.

“He is a possession-based manager in a good way and also try to be direct as well at the same time. I think as well, in the last two games, not that I was before those two games, it seems like the team has become a bit more disciplined defensively which was maybe lacking.

“That’s also good so now it’s maybe I think just a matter of being more balanced, defensively as well, along with being quite an attacking good team.”

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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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