Dion Charles is currently on an 11-game goal drought at Bolton Wanderers in League One.
The Northern Irishman hit the ground running for the Trotters, after arriving from Accrington Stanley in the January transfer window, but with intense competition for places his form has slowed in the last month or so.
A lot of players’ performance levels have peaked and troughed alarmingly at The UniBol this season, and Charles is the latest of them, meaning that Ian Evatt was calm and collected in his response to the 26-year-old’s drop-off, when he spoke to The Bolton News.
He said: “We have different options now.
“At the moment it is not quite going Dion’s way but we know it will.
“He has just got to relax and then goals will come naturally again.”
Charles will certainly remain at the forefront of Evatt’s plans heading into next season, whether he picks up before the end of the season or not, and it could just be a case of one strike breaking the run to get him going again.
It is set to be a very interesting summer window at Bolton, with Evatt and the board desperate to build a more credible promotion push next term.
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Charles can be forgiven for a small dip in motivation subconsciously occurring due to Bolton’s position in the league table.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson came off the bench to net twice in Monday’s 3-1 win over Accrington Stanley, and the Iceland international may well see more action than Charles in the club’s remaining two fixtures, but he is unlikely to establish himself ahead of Charles in the pecking order.
If Bolton’s January transfer window was anything to go by, the Trotters will be hoping to upgrade and bolster the squad significantly again in the summer, they seem well stocked in the striker department but no one is indispensable if they do not impress in pre-season.