Why Ian Evatt does not mind if Bolton Wanderers’ Dion Charles is frustrated during goal draft

Ian Evatt believes Dion Charles is just experiencing a dip in form and is not concerned if the striker does not score again for Bolton Wanderers this season as he wants the forward group at the club to come together and support one another when they are having frustrations in front of goal.

Charles hit the ground running at Wanderers and scored six times between the start of January and mid-February after joining from Accrington Stanley.

But the January transfer window addition has not found the back of the net since the 4-0 win over AFC Wimbledon, despite his tireless work rate and attempts to get on the scoresheet since then.

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Since Charles has gone off the boil in front of goal, the likes of Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Amadou Bakayoko have found their form, with the latter scoring twice on Easter Monday after coming off the bench in the 3-1 win over Accrington Stanley.

Bodvarsson in particular is in form like Charles was earlier on this year and Evatt believes Wanderers must be pleased for the Iceland international as they were earlier in the season for the Northern Ireland striker.

And he insists he does not mind if Charles is disappointed or frustrated with not finding the back of the net of late, as he admits he is not surprised that Bodvarsson has made such a big impact and predicts both players will be big assets for Wanderers next season.

Evatt said: “Dion’s a big part of what we’re doing moving forwards and it’s not all about him. It’s about the squad and as much as we were all pleased for Dion when he had red hot boots at the end of January and February time, we all have to be pleased for Jon now that he’s the man in form and he’s the one that’s taking it on.

“That striker group really needs to come together and support each other because players dip in and out of form, they really do.

“I don’t mind if he’s (Charles) disappointed and frustrated, I really don’t mind. I thought some of his stuff today looked a bit brighter and sharper, but when they go man for man as high as they did, you really need some physicality on the third line to pin and get hold to bring other players into the game and I I thought that’s what happened with Jon and Baka.

“They virtually had an immediate impact so credit to the manager again for making the right subs!

“He’s (Bodvarsson) not surprised me because we’re bringing in a player with a great pedigree. He’s played for some big football clubs and he’s played international football. He’s still only 30 so there’s still a lot to come from him.

“People tell me ‘they can’t score goals’. They told me that about Baka, they told me that about Jon and look at their goal records. They haven’t played for me before and they haven’t played for this team .

“This team creates chances and makes it tough for oppositions and I think all of our strikers are equally important as each other. We can’t just rely on one or two. It’s a group that we have to rely on because they all provide different options and at the minute Jon’s the man in form and he’s playing extremely well.”


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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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