Ian Evatt has teased a potential new strike partnership for Bolton Wanderers return to Sky Bet League One, claiming that Amadou Bakayoko and Eoin Doyle can “100 percent play together”, as reported by Manchester Evening News.
The Trotters manager has so far brought in nine new faces to the University of Bolton Stadium, but fans are brimming with excitement at the prospect of their newest striker Bakayoko, who agreed a two year deal after departing Championship outfit Coventry City.
Bakayoko will partner former Preston North End and Bradford City forward Doyle up front, who was the Trotters highest goalscorer last season and finished only behind Paul Mullin in the race for the golden boot.
Both players and this system are yet to be seen together, as Evatt opted to give both 45 minutes in a recent pre-season friendly against Longridge Town.
An adamant Evatt spoke to Manchester Evening News, saying: “They can 100 per cent play together because that was part of the recruitment strategy. We needed someone who could play as a pair as well as individually.
“We just haven’t been able to do that yet, sampled changing the formation, but Baka can definitely handle it and he can also play off the right as well. He did that a lot for Coventry, so that gives us another opportunity to pair them together if we needed to.
“We will do it – we just have to wait for the chance because Eoin is off with Covid.”
A system which could be frightening, as two proven and hungry goalscorers will either fight for a position, or work together to form a formidable partnership up top.
Doyle has been ripping up League Two for a couple of years now, and has more than earned his chance in this division, whereas Bakayoko has the experience with Walsall and Coventry, so it is evident that both are more than capable of not only perfecting this system, but also utilising it and terrifying League One defences.