Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman believes forward David N’Gog can fire his side to promotion this season – starting with Saturday’s short trip to Blackpool.
N’Gog scored the match winner against title contenders Cardiff City last Saturday but was suspended for the goalless draw with Leicester City.
The Trotters go to Bloomfield Road hoping to keep their recent unbeaten record intact and Freedman has ideas to keep N’Gog among the goals.
“In my humble opinion, David Ngog could be the difference that takes this team to where we want to be or not,” Freedman said. “That’s how important he is.
“I am hoping now we can start to see the real David and I have ideas how we can bring that out.
“I can see the potential in him and I am actually very excited to work with David, now I know what he is about.”
Freedman believes the former Liverpool striker has the potential to live up to the hype surrounding his deadline day £4million move last season.
“I want to see what the big fuss is about with David because there has been one,” he told the Bolton News.
“Whatever has gone on in the past has gone – it doesn’t interest me.
“David is a young man and people have to understand it can take young men time to adapt and he is from a different country.”
Saturday’s fixture pitches Freedman against Michael Appleton, two bosses who have moved on from clubs suffering financial difficulties – at Crystal Palace and Portsmouth respectively.
And the former-Palace boss knows his side face a Blackpool squad full of quality in what will be Appleton’s first game in charge.
“I played against his Portsmouth side in the Championship last year and he did a fantastic job, he was unlucky really,” he said. “But now he’s got the opportunity to work with what I believe is a Premier League squad.”
Wanderers welcome into their squad 22-year-old Jacob Butterfield on a one-month loan from Norwich City, but Stuart Holden and David Wheater remain sidelined through injury.