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Ian Evatt reacts to Dion Charles’ start to life at Bolton Wanderers

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Dion Charles is yet to open his account at Bolton Wanderers after signing from Accrington Stanley this month.

The 26-year-old has started three games so far, most memorably in the Trotters’ 2-0 win over Ipswich Town at The UniBol on Saturday.

Charles bagged 20 goals for Stanley last season but is playing catch-up in terms of his fitness going into the second half of the season.

Charles only made eight appearances under John Coleman prior to January due to a contract dispute and therefore may need a little more time than normal to get up to speed with Bolton.

Ian Evatt explained exactly what Charles offers the squad when he spoke to The Bolton News.

He said: “Players that have had the journey he has, starting professionally then going out of the game and working his way back up through non-league, they appreciate everything they have got when they come to a club like Bolton.

“The wonderful training facilities, a wonderful stadium, what we have given him off the pitch, he is really appreciative of that, he doesn’t take advantage of anything and that can only help with the rest of the group, really, seeing that drive and desire and hunger.”

“You can see that he is getting better and better with each game.”

Saturday’s victory built a five point cushion above the relegation zone that had been approaching the club alarmingly in the last couple of months.

Charles played 70 minutes before being replaced by Dapo Afolayan who went on to add the second goal in the closing exchanges.

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On the face of it, Dion Charles should prove to be an excellent addition for Bolton and the Northern Irishman will have no issues fitting into the way Evatt wants to play.

Evatt went with a 4-3-3 formation on Saturday where he has religiously stuck to a 4-2-3-1 this season, and the change of heart paid off immediately with Bolton upsetting the odds.

There is a lot of competition for places particularly at the top of the pitch at Bolton, Nathan Delfouneso and Dapo Afolayan will be pushing for a start in the club’s trip to Shrewsbury Town this weekend.

If Charles can build a relationship in the final third similar to the one he had with Colby Bishop at Accrington, then Bolton have the third tier goalscorer on their hands that they have been crying out for in the last few months.


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