KESHI Anderson has every right to be frustrated at his lack of opportunities at Wanderers, admitted Phil Parkinson as he prepares to welcome his former striker back to the Macron this afternoon.
The Crystal Palace youngster had his loan cut short by the Whites in January after making just four starts in five months.
Anderson has since bounced back at today’s opponents Northampton, scoring a hat-trick against Coventry in his first start.
Parkinson reckons Wanderers fans never saw the best of the 21-year-old because he was unable to change a team which was riding high before Christmas.
“Keshi was similar to a few of the other lads we’ve loaned out since, like Jamie Proctor or Chris Taylor, because he suffered from being there in a spell when the team was picking itself,” he told The Bolton News.
“We were in such a good run of form it was very difficult for me to change anything.
“When you are on loan it can be frustrating because you’ve gone to the club to get more games.
“As a lad I didn’t have any problems with him, he was fine, but I think it was the right thing for Keshi to do to get somewhere he was going to get more football.”
Anderson could be out to prove a point as the Cobblers come to town today looking to make it three League One wins in a row.
“We know him well, know what he’s got to offer,” Parkinson said. “And if he is involved, then we’ll do everything we can to nullify that threat.”
Wanderers’ attacking threat has also come to the fore in the last few games, with Parkinson pleased to see a burgeoning partnership between his front two, Gary Madine and Adam Le Fondre.
“They are playing close together at the top of the pitch, which is great, and the understanding is getting better, you can see that in training,” he said. “Gradually over a period of time they have started to enjoy playing alongside each other and it’s a good fit.
“When you look at what each player has to offer, they balance the team out.
“The pleasing thing for both of them is that they are playing a big role without the ball as well. They did that really well the other night. That is vitally important. The other lads will make chances for them but the first line of defence has to come from the front and whether that’s Gaz getting his body in the way and holding the ball up or Alfie buzzing around their deep midfield player they have to stick to those responsibilities on the pitch.”
The league table makes better reading after two away victories, and Wanderers will once again have a chance to climb back into the automatic promotion spots if they better Fleetwood Town’s result at home to AFC Wimbledon.
Parkinson is doing his utmost not to look too far into the future, or make predictions on what the club may need from their remaining 10 games.
“We have to be prepared for this to go right down to the wire, the last minute of the last match,” he said. “It’s all to play for but at the moment I can only narrow in on the next game. I know managers say that all the time and it has become a cliché but if your mind starts wandering down the line then you can miss things that are important right now.
“Focus is the right word, we need to concentrate on what we need to do to get a result.
“Like a lot of clubs, Northampton will come here, a marvellous stadium and a first for a lot of their players, and raise their game.”