Jermaine Beckford is back to his best, says Bolton Wanderers team-mate Sanmi Odelusi
YOUNG Wanderers forward Sanmi Odelusi is backing his Reebok mentor Jermaine Beckford to go on a scoring spree after breaking his Championship duck for the club at Birmingham City.
Having seen the £1million summer arrival first-hand on a daily-basis in training, Odelusi is pleased to see him shake off the shackles and double his Whites account after his goal at Tranmere in the Capital One Cup.
The Londoner believes the former Everton and Leeds frontman’s goal in the 2-1 win at St Andrew’s was just reward for the work he puts in on the training ground.
Though that has not prevented some banter at Euxton between members of the strikers’ union.
Odelusi told The Bolton News: “It is about time he got a league goal.
“I have been bragging to him that I am the top scoring striker for a while.
“Now he is on my tail.
“Seriously, I am happy for him.
“He is a quality striker and has played in the Premier League.
“Hopefully, there are a lot more goals to come from him this season.
“Every striker has a bad period in their season or their career.
“It is how you overcome it.
“When that first goal comes, the test is staying focused and taking it on and Becks will do that in my opinion.”
In contrast to Beckford’s start to the season, Odelusi hit the ground running with two goals on his full senior debut in the first round of the Capital One Cup at Shrewsbury.
The 20-year-old also started in the next round at Prenton Park and teamed up with Beckford for four minutes before being substituted in the second half.
In the Championship, his appearances have been restricted this season to three cameos from the bench.
But Odelusi accepts he is still learning his trade and willing to be patient.
And he believes his game will develop quickly through training with the likes of Beckford, Craig Davies and David Ngog.
Odelusi added: “Every day is a learning curve for me.
“To see strikers like Jermaine, Craig and David in training and be around them is a delight.
“In my eyes, they are all Premier League standard.
“To see what they do in training first-hand and how they use the ball is great for a young oplayer like me and I am learning every single day.
“Jermaine talks to me a lot about how to be in and around the box as a striker and stay focused and composed.
“Zat Knight is also a big help in training passing on experience as the club captain.
“You can always go and talk to him – even if he is nearly double my age!
“All the senior players are there for advice if you need it.”