WANDERERS can benefit from offering Jem Karacan a chance to revive his football career, says Adam Le Fondre.
Former Reading midfielder Karacan signed a month-long deal with the Whites last weekend and has made a couple of appearances off the bench so far in thrilling victories over Fleetwood and Gillingham.
A veteran of some 23 Premier League and more than 200 Football League games, the 28-year-old boasts a pedigree CV. But at the start of the year he found himself searching for a club after a spell at Galatasaray went sour.
Luckily, Wanderers’ needs matched his own – and Le Fondre thinks his former Royals team-mate brings exactly the right qualities to a promotion battle.
“He’s a very, very good player,” he told The Bolton News. “I spoke to a few people here to tell them to bring him in because Jem has got it all. He’s got great energy and a real calmness on the ball as well. You bring in players of that ilk – he’s played at Reading with me and at clubs like Galatasaray, it can’t be a bad thing.
“He has got a lot to prove but he’s the same as most of us here. We have got a lot to prove to people who didn’t value us.
“On a personal level a lot of us are out of contract, so we have something to prove on that front as well.”
Le Fondre speaks from experience, having sat miserably on the bench for most of the last 18 months at Wolves and Wigan Athletic.
He finally returned to his ‘spiritual home’ at the Macron and now appears to be hitting his stride, scoring three goals in his last two outings.
‘Alfie’ became a terrace hero in his first loan spell at Bolton, and continues to enjoy the adulation of fans at the Macron.
“Fans are one of the main reasons I came back here – they are outstanding,” he said. “They love me and I have to give everything I can to try and repay that, getting this great club back up to where it belongs.”
Northampton arrive tomorrow in a decent run of form, beating Charlton, AFC Wimbledon and Port Vale in their last three games.
Wanderers scrapped for a narrow win at Sixfields back in November, courtesy of a Zach Clough strike and Le Fondre – who has filled the goalscorer’s mantle since the youngster left for Nottingham Forest in January – is prepared to roll up his sleeves once again.
“I think we have got what it takes to go up,” he said. “But we know it will be a fight.
“We have a lot of players who suit that.
“In any league you have to earn the right to play good football. It doesn’t just happen.”
Le Fondre has had to wait for success in his return to the club and admits it took him longer than expected to get up to full speed after so long kicking his heels on the Wigan sidelines.
“When January came and went we had a big change-round where players came in who hadn’t had much football, like myself, and we were expected to hit the ground running. We didn’t really do it,” admitted Le Fondre. “We had that sticky patch but we stuck together as a group and hopefully now we’re out the other side.”