Charles Back To Boost Firepower

Dion Charles will be back to strengthen Wanderers’ attacking options as they look to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

Charles will be available for the first time since the opening day after recovering from a thigh injury in time to face Sheffield Wednesday at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international will add to Wanderers’ firepower with boss Ian Evatt backing his strikers to get among the goals.

Evatt’s men have so far been chipping in from elsewhere with goals from midfielders Kyle Dempsey and Aaron Morley – with two apiece – and wing-back Conor Bradley yielding eight points from the Whites’ first four League One games.

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And Evatt is confident they will soon be joined by the frontmen as he looks for one to spearhead the Whites’ push for the top.

“We have got goals all across the team which is obviously a huge benefit but every team in the country wants a 20-goal-a-season striker,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“Man City – the best team in England at the minute – signed Haaland for that reason.

“Everyone wants one of those and hopefully we can have one of our five step up and get to that mark this season. We know they’ll score goals. Chances are coming.

“Baka has had some really good opportunities of late, Dapo has been unlucky with a couple of good saves from goalkeepers, Dion’s returning and Jon can score.

“Kacha was in good goalscoring form in the Carabao Cup. We’ve got a good group of strikers and I have firm belief they’ll start scoring sooner rather than later.”

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Wanderers’ impressive start to the season has also been built around an excellent defensive record, which is the best in the division.

The Whites – who will also have captain and defensive leader Ricardo Almeida Santos available after a one-match ban – haven’t conceded a league goal since Ipswich Town’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw on the first day of the season.

And Evatt hopes the Whites’ positive approach can help keep the clean sheets coming as they prepare for big back-to-back home games against Wednesday and then Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup next Tuesday night.

“If you’ve got the ball the opposition can’t score, it’s as simple as that,” he added.

“Hopefully we’ll keep dominating the ball, keep hold of possession and that’s a way of stopping the opposition having some chances and an impact on the game.

“We’ll continue to do that and hopefully it will stand us in good stead.

“That’s going to be challenged because Sheffield Wednesday will also like to have the ball and Aston Villa will no doubt come here expecting to dominate the ball.

“We’re not going to take a backward step, though. That’s not what we do. It’s not in our DNA.

“It’s our philosophy and our identity and we’re going to stick to it.”

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