‘Obsession with Twitter and Facebook’: Bolton vow to make Marvin Sordell go cold turkey to tackle phone addiction

By Alex Bysouth

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman has vowed to help forward ‘obsessed’ Marvin Sordell overcome his Twitter addiction, by taking away his phone.

The England U-21 international, who was part of the Team GB squad at the London 2012 Olympics, has nearly 25,000 followers and has tweeted more than 5,000 times.

Sordell joined from fellow Championship side Watford last January, but has not featured regularly under Freedman.

And the former Crystal Palace boss is keen to help the young forward.

“It has been quite a move for him and he’s not quite settled. There have been small issues off the field with his tweeting, let’s not hide, and we’re trying to deal with it,” Freedman told The Telegraph.

“It could be bordering on an obsession with Twitter and Facebook and all the things that go on with these kids. We are trying to work with him – by taking his phone off him.”

The Trotters were made aware of Sordell’s reliance on social media when he tweeted about racist abuse received at an away game at Millwall in October.

However, Freedman believes Sordell’s problem lies away from the pitch, after the youngster netted against Sunderland in the FA Cup during a rare start on Saturday.

“He’s never had a problem on the field. We have just got to get him settled down and help him with some of the off-the-field antics,” said the Scot.

“I’m really excited to get one or two of the younger lads in the team and Marvin is only 21 so it’s going to take time.

“I have been here a couple of months now and I think we’re seeing glimmers of hope now with him.”

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