Darragh MacAnthony: ‘Marcus Maddison needs to finish his career with no regrets’ and Bolton boss can’t wait for him to strut his stuff in League Two
“Marcus is a sublimely talented player,” MacAnthony said on his ‘Hard Truth’ podcast. “I just hope he doesn’t end up looking back on his career regretting he didn’t sprinkle some of his magic at the top.
“He could still get there. It really is down to him. He needs to concentrate on his football and ignore all the other stuff. He needs to apply himself every day.
“He needs to be managed in a certain way, like Darren Ferguson did and Grant McCann did for a time, and if he is Bolton could profit.”
Maddison joined Bolton, who are 19th in League Two, after falling out with Charlton manager Lee Bowyer. He’d only joined Charlton in October.
Bolton manager Ian Evatt believes he has signed a proven matchwinner and entertainer.
Evatt told the Bolton News: “Marcus is an extremely talented boy. “He’s suffered from a lack of game time and whatever happened to him at Charlton, but this is an opportunity for him to come and play for a huge club.
“The fans will love him because he is a maverick. And this is a big stage. He’s the type of player who will excel on the big stage, he’ll excel under the pressure and he wants to feel the love from the supporters. I am sure he’ll be a fantastic player for us.
“He should be a good fit for us. And it’s my job to showcase him and play to his strengths. It is what we want to do.
“He has come here to show his potential and what he’s really about. If we can get him switched on and enjoying his football, which is what we want, then he can be an excellent player for us – not only will he score goals but he’ll create them for others as well.”
Maddison ciuld make his debut in a League Two fixture at Salford on Saturday (February 6)