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Jon Dadi Becomes Bolton’s Latest January Recruit


Bolton have signed another striker after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was announced as the club’s new number nine.

Bodvarsson has plenty of experience in English football now having played for Wolves, Reading and Millwall, while he is an Icelandic international, playing for the national team at both Euro 2016, where he started all five matches, including against England, and also at the 2018 World Cup.

A loan deal had been rumoured but he has left Millwall permanently, signing an 18 month contract with us.

The bad news – don’t expect him to bang goals in. Even in Iceland and Norway, he didn’t reach 10 goals in a league season, with seven goals in both his seasons at Reading being his best tally. That was in the Championship though, where he has played all his English football, so arguably he may fare a little better in League One.

What he does bring? He’s very tall, but a bit like some of our other tall players the physical presence might not necessarily match. He can play with his back to goal though and has a decent touch, and has been described as a ‘good all round player’ in the past. If we do try two central strikers on a more regular basis, it gives us the possibility of a Dion Charles and Bodvarsson partnership. He may even be back up for Charles and possibly even Dapo Afolayan if Afolayan played as a second striker. What probably won’t be happening is Bodvarsson being our main striker.

Also, it’s nice to have an Icelandic player in the squad again. It just feels right.

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