'Best-buy' Davies is pushing hard

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

WANDERERS boss Dougie Freedman admits he has wrestled with when to throw January signing Craig Davies into the first-team mix.

The Wales international’s impact in scoring from the bench against Burnley on Saturday and helping turn the game around was hailed by the manager who says he has had to bide his time following the 27-year-old’s switch.

But he remains confident his new frontman will offer a different alternative to the strikers already at the club.

Freedman said: “For the money we got him for, it was a terrific buy in January. He is probably one of those that sneaked under the radar.

“I know Craig very well from his past.

“It has been hard to make a decision on when to play him.

“I could have thrown him in three weeks ago but he wasn’t quite fit and at it.

“I have had to bide my time and put him on at right times. But he did fantastic when he came on against Burnley.”

Davies, pictured, is yet to start for the Whites having now made three substitute appearances totalling less than 45 minutes.

But his first club goal eight minutes after his introduction got Wanderers back into the derby and fellow replacement David Ngog netted a winner nine minutes from time.

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