Updated: Thursday, 2nd April 2020 @ 8:03pm

Strip down, and go back to basics: Pressure lowers on Marvin Sordell as Bolton boss helps youngster settle

Strip down, and go back to basics: Pressure lowers on Marvin Sordell as Bolton boss helps youngster settle

By John McDougall

Dougie Freedman insists young Bolton Wanderers striker Marvin Sordell has rediscovered the goalscoring talents that first brought him to the club last January.

The 21-year-old has struggled to settle in the North West since his move from Watford, where 27 goals in 81 appearances first grabbed then-manager Owen Coyle’s attention.

But Trotters boss Freedman believes following the two goals Sordell scored in last night’s FA Cup third round replay win over Sunderland, his goalscoring potential is being realised.

“Marvin has done very well for us,” said the Scotsman.

“He is only a young guy and there is a lot of pressure on him with a big move up to the north then being called into the Olympic squad.

“With my experience of working with young players like Marvin, we got him back to basics and stripped down his game and he's started to prove what he is – a goalscorer.”

Sordell – who played three times for Team GB at London 2012 – took his tally to four goals in 12 appearances this season with the winning efforts at the Stadium of Light.

But his time at Bolton has been a challenging one – including being racially abused by a 13-year-old Millwall supporter last October – with recent speculation linking him to Charlton Athletic.

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