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Charlton boss backs Bolton striker to come good after tricky start to loan
CHRIS Powell believes there is a lot more to come from on-loan Bolton striker Marvin Sordell after a tricky start to life in SE7.
Sordell joined the Addicks for a year from their Championship rivals but after starting the opening two games against Bournemouth and Middlesbrough was dropped to the bench before returning to the starting XI for the 3-2 defeat at Huddersfield last Tuesday.
The 22-year-old was forced to settle for a substitute role in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Millwall but did at least provide a few signs he could be in contention to start again at Burnley this weekend, especially if Yann Kermorgant fails to recover in time for the Turf Moor trip.
Powell understandably refused to speculate on Sordell’s chances of kicking off the game at the Clarets, but pointed out he remains a big part of his long-term plans.
The manager said: “He is in the squad, we haven’t decided on regards to what we are doing yet.
“We’ve worked on some stuff today with all the players.
“He showed a bit of quality to be fair, he came on, created a very good chance for Simon Church but he is a player that is going to be here for the season.
“I want to get as much as I can out of him and I want to get him in the positions on the field where he can be in a goal-scoring mood as such because there is a goal scorer there.”
Powell added: “I know from his previous history at Watford, Bolton and England U21s there is a player there that has got no doubt ability and finishing prowess.
“He is up for contention, especially now with three games in a week – you are hoping I will get the balance right with the squad with game time and minutes and whenever he gets his chance he will add that sort of freshness to us.
“When you look at the games, he has started in quite a few.
“He started against Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Middlesbrough, so it is nearly half of the games we’ve had.
“Obviously his pre-season with us was minimal, he had a day.
“We’ve had one or two chats manager to player about him and the role I see him in, not only now but in the forthcoming games.
“He is a good character and he wants to do well. He has obviously had a bit of a tricky time at Bolton but he wants to do well and it is up to us to give him the platform to do well.”
Sordell replaced Joe Pigott in the Millwall game, with Powell today confirming the Addicks still plan to send the homegrown youngster out on loan.
The SE7 gaffer said: “Joe we’ve got high hopes for.
“I threw him in against Millwall and he found how tough it can be at this level.
“Our plan has always been to have him in and around us and then to go out on loan because then you are sort of learning under the spotlight.
“He was in the spotlight last week with the game being live on Sky and who it was against.”
Powell added: “He will learn a lot from that last week. It was a tough game against two guys who have been around the block somewhat in Paul Robinson and Mark Beevers.
“He has got a freshness about him, he is a good finisher, believes in himself, which is great, ut a bit like Michael Smith at the minute, he is learning his trade away from here.
“That’s something, especially with strikers, that they may just need to go somewhere and be the main man for a bit and find out what it is like to have a run of games with a run of goals hopefully.
“That will happen with Joe but it doesn’t sway anything from what I thought about him last week because I thought it was right for him and he’s a player I feel will keep getting better over time.”
However, Powell confirmed Pigott’s loan exit is not something on his immediate agenda with Charlton’s lack of striking options compounded by Kermorgant’s injury problems.
“Not with Michael Smith on loan until January and then with Yann having his knock we’ve only got got Marvin Sordell, Simon Church and then Joe,” said the boss.
“We were always looking to have four plus Joe plus Michael Smith just to cover us if anything happened but Joe sort of made himself that fourth striker.
“We’ve got Jordan Cook who can play up front and wide with Callum Harriott and Cameron Stewart, Cameron Stewart can also do that role.
“It won’t be immediately with Joe going out on loan, it will be if something develops but at the moment that is not the case.”
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