Ian Evatt wants Bolton Wanderers’ forward players to support each other as partnerships begin to blossom, but only a certain number will get time on the pitch.
Wanderers have added Dion Charles and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to their ranks in the striking department this month to complement the options Evatt has at her disposal in the final third.
He joins Dapo Afolayan and Amadou Bakayoko, as well as Elias Kachunga and Xavier Amaechi, both injured at the moment.
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Wanderers have recently switched to an attacking partnership, with Charles and Bakayoko starting in the middle as a pair and Afolayan coming off the bench.
Evatt wants those in that part of the team to support each other and become a team, knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses for when they play each other.
The Wanderers boss accepts that some in this area of the team will be disappointed when they don’t get picked and it’s okay for them to be unhappy with him for that, as long as they support their teammates.
He said: “We show them some pictures of what we want and what we expect from them and they have to become their own individual group within the team.
“They have to support each other, they have to talk to each other, and they have to move and understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses and what they’re looking for and wanting.
“When you put that group together with Amaechi’s return, Kachunga’s return, Dapo, Jon, Baka, Dion, it looks like a really strong group and only two or possibly three can play in this formation, so there will be people disappointed, but it’s How do you continue to support each other?
“They can get mad at me when they’re not playing, I agree with that, it’s hard being a manager, but as long as they keep supporting each other in the right way and supporting the group, that’s the most important thing.”
The arrival of Bodvarsson from Millwall on a free transfer last week has helped change the options Wanderers boss Evatt has at his disposal.
He made his debut in earnest in the win over Ipswich Town, where Aaron Morley made his debut in central midfield following his transfer from Rochdale, with Bolton returning to a three at the back with full-backs employed.
And with the changes made to the squad in this transfer window, Evatt believes Wanderers now have multiple ways to line up, keeping opposing teams guessing and changing in matches to suit circumstances on the pitch.
He said: “What we can do now is we have two or three ways to play and the philosophy will always be the same. We want to develop possession and play from behind and be open, expansive and attacking.
“But we can play three back, we can play four back, we can go with two forwards, we can play three forwards, we can go with two midfielders, two 10s or we can go double pivot and a number 10, or a pivot and two number eights.
“We have so many options now and I think what we can do is keep teams guessing and also change the game, which we haven’t been able to do before.”
“These guys that we’re signing have that fluidity and they can play different positions, so we’re excited about what we’re building here.
“We knew it was going to be a challenging period and I feel like we’ve gotten through that now, but now it’s about keeping our feet on the ground, working hard first and foremost, becoming a tough team to beat and then we can add.” details as we go.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.