Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt has dismissed interest in star striker Dion Charles from the likes of Stoke City and Watford with Charles content at the Trotters, in comments given to the Bolton News.
The former Accrington Stanley man has been in fine form already this season, scoring twice in Bolton’s action-packed first three League One matches.
Bolton have won all three matches in the division to date, scoring nine goals in the process. Dion Charles has begun to form an intimidating strike partnership in attack with Victor Adeboyejo, the ex Barnsley man netting a hat-trick last time out to secure Evatt’s men a 3-1 win over Fleetwood Town.
Charles is however attracting interest off his own back from a whole host of Championship clubs and for good reason, Charles netting 30 goals for Bolton throughout his career at the Greater Manchester outfit to date.
A deadly striker at League One level, there’s no real surprise in hearing that there’s suitors from the league above interested. Yet, according to Evatt, he’s settled in a team that will be aiming for promotion to that same league this campaign and isn’t distracted by these transfer rumours.
Bolton Going For Promotion
Ian Evatt’s men, going into this brand new 46-game marathon, would have been considered one of the favourites for promotion to the second tier.
Bolton’s boss has been steadily building a team ready to fight for those two automatic promotion spots, gradually improving his side year on year in League One after coming in during the midst of a crisis at the Trotters off the pitch.
Now, with the likes of Nathan Baxter, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Jack Iredale and more bolstering the Wanderers squad alongside Dion Charles firing on all cylinders, they look more than ready for a return to the second tier for the first time since relegation during the 2015-16 season.
What’s Been Said?
Speaking to The Bolton News, Evatt responded to rumours circulating that Charles was a main target for various Championship clubs.
He said: “I don’t get any sense from Dion that he wishes to leave this football club, he loves being here and his relationship with the club and the fans is excellent.”
”Obviously players and managers are always linked at this time of year, especially when they are doing well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see our players linked or perhaps bid for, but we’ll always make the best decision for Bolton Wanderers. Right now, there is nothing to speak of.”
The 41-year-old even suggested that interest in his key men should be viewed as a positive, a sign that Bolton are doing things right on the pitch.
He said: “It’s great that our players are being linked with other clubs, especially those higher up, because it means that they are doing pretty well, and the team is doing pretty well.”
“It should be a celebration, not something we worry about.”
Bolton Wanderers supporters will be absolutely delighted with how their team has started this season, winning games with relative ease and brushing aside opponents in goal-filled encounters.
There will be some worry regarding the future of some players if significant Championship interest is fielded, but for the time being, Bolton should focus on their success in the moment.
It also sounds as if Dion Charles is happy to be a Bolton Wanderers player, focussed on the task at hand to fire in more goals to help his side go for promotion.