Evatt: Wanderers fans will love Maddison

Ian Evatt believes deadline day recruit Marcus Maddison will become a firm fans favourite with the Wanderers faithful.

The Wanderers manager had a busy end to the window bringing in Lukas Jensen, MJ Williams, Oladapo Afolayan and Maddison, to join Kieran Lee, Declan John, Ben Jackson, and Zack Elbouzedi who all arrived at the club earlier in January.

Maddison, who penned a loan deal until the end of the campaign from Charlton Athletic, brings with him a reputation for assists and spectacular goals.

And Evatt is confident the University of Bolton Stadium faithful will get to see the best of the Durham-born winger.

“I said I might have something up my sleeves and Marcus is an extremely talented boy,” said Evatt.

“He’s suffered from a lack of game time and whatever happened to him at Charlton but this is an opportunity for him to come and play for a huge club. 

“The fans will love him because he is a maverick. And this is a big stage. He’s the type of player who will excel on the big stage, he’ll excel under the pressure and he wants to feel the love from the supporters. I am sure he’ll be a fantastic player for us. 

“He should be a good fit for us. And it’s my job to showcase him and play to his strengths. It is what we want to do. 

“He has come here to show his potential and what he’s really about. If we can get him switched on and enjoying his football, which is what we want, then he can be an excellent player for us – not only will he score goals but he’ll create them for others as well.”

With eight quality additions to his squad in 2021, Evatt has firmly bolstered his squad for the second-half of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.

He added: “It’s the aim for every transfer window to exit it stronger than you entered it. We have definitely done that.

“If you look at the business we did in this window compared with the summer, we are a lot, lot stronger.”

Leaving the club were George Taft and Regan Riley who joined Scunthorpe United and Norwich City respectively, while Tom White returned to Blackburn Rovers.

Meanwhile, Ali Crawford joined league rivals Tranmere Rovers on loan until the end of the campaign. 

“Ali has struggled for form this season,” said Evatt, “but we know he’s a talented player and a fantastic lad.

“We simply couldn’t guarantee him minutes on the pitch at the moment. 

“We were going to strengthen in that area. I was going to sign Marcus regardless, and Dapo, so there was going to be a lot of competition for places. 

“I explained the situation to Ali and it was his call, really. He decided he wanted to go and find some more regular football, which is fine by me. 

“Ali is a fantastic lad and I hope he goes there and does really well. He’s obviously playing for a manager who knows him well and can get the best out of him, so I wish him all the best.” 

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