Freedman: Sordell is Homesick

  • November 23, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has admitted troubled striker Marvin Sordell is suffering from home sickness.

Sordell has played just ten times since joining Wanderers from Watford in January, and hasn't featured since a 2-2 draw with Leeds United at the start of October.

Freedman believes the England under-21 international has the capabilities of becoming a success at the Reebok Stadium and has enrolled him on community projects to help him settle in to the Bolton area.

"What has happened to the kid is that he's moved up from London and he hasn't been given any game time," Freedman told The Bolton News.

"When that happened, he got very down on himself. But we're working very hard with Marvin now because he's very talented and a very good finisher. We just need to get him a bit fitter and he'll get an opportunity here.

"He's homesick. There isn't even a fancy word for it.

"We've got him working in a few ways. He's mentoring a few of the kids in the education side of the club and he's working very hard at his game. I think he realises that if he works hard on the training field that he'll get his opportunities.

"Under the previous manager he didn't play, which didn't help, so I have told him that I'd compromise. If he steps up his intensity in training and shows me his attitude and hard work, then he'll get an opportunity.

"So far he has done that. He's had a couple of weeks of it, but he's a million miles from being sent out on loan now."

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