Freedman in no rush to play new striker Davies

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

CRAIG Davies is getting closer to his first Wanderers start – but Dougie Freedman does not feel under pressure to throw the Wales international into the action.

The £300,000 capture from Barnsley has featured as a substitute against Crystal Palace and Watford in recent weeks but is still waiting to make his full bow.

In fact, Freedman has yet to grant any of his January signings a full debut, although that is likely to change with Medo Kamara heavily tipped to feature from the start against Burnley this afternoon.

But the Scot insists he will not be hurried into sending his new players into battle before they are ready.

“I don’t want to buy players just to bung them in because that stinks of panic,” he said.

“Craig was one I was after, he’s in the building, we’ve got to work with him.

“He is willing to work and when the time is right, he’ll get his run, just like Marvin Sordell is getting right now.”

Davies was away with Chris Coleman’s Welsh squad this week for their victory over Austria and did not arrive back in training with Wanderers until yesterday.

That could well hamper his chances of featuring against Burnley, but Freedman reckons the 26-year-old is beginning to fit in well with his new surroundings.

“Craig is okay with fitness now but needs to understand a bit more of how we play,” he said.

“He's been away with Wales this week and that hasn't helped because I felt when he came on last Saturday he did quite well.

“We haven't seen him all week so it's hard to judge where he is on one day's training. But he's hungry and he'll get there.”

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