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How Ian Evatt is shaping up his Bolton Wanderers team

Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt

Bolton Wanderers have recently confirmed the signing of former Colchester midfielder Brandon Comley on a two-year deal.

He arrived on the same day that last season’s Captain Jason Lowe signed for fellow League Two rivals Salford City. 

On the face of it, this looks as if it is a like for like replacement. Whilst in a positional sense this may be true, the further we look into this new signing, the clearer it becomes that Comley epitomises what Ian Evatt is trying to bring to The Trotters.  

Speaking earlier in the month, Bolton’s new manager outlined what he wanted from new recruits at the University of Bolton stadium,

“We need an experienced, strong spine which can cope with the physical demands of League Two because we have to remember we are in League Two,” said Ian.

“But also we need young and fresh energy that can spread around that, and play with the speed and intensity with and without the ball that we’re going to have to do.”

The perfect mix

In Comley, he looks to have found just that man. A mixture of youth and experience, at just 24 he already has over 100 appearances in League Two.  

He becomes their fourth major signing of the summer and looks to be particularly key for Evatt’s football philosophy. 

Evatt stated upon his arrival, “Coaches are meant to be in a possession-based football team that play without fear and play entertaining football that scores lots of goals” and whilst he may not always bring the goals, Comely certainly loves to keep the ball.

He had the league’s highest pass success percentage, a staggering 85.8% of the midfielders passes finding their target.

With stats like these, the Montserrat international certainly looks as though he can be the base in which Bolton can build their new look squad around.

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