Q&A Special - Charlton Fan on Marvin Sordell

  • May 14, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of a return to Bolton next season, a Charlton Athletic supporter tells us about Marvin Sordell's time on loan at The Valley.

Sordell spent the entire campaign on loan with the London club, scoring eight goals in 35 appearances, as the Addicks flirted with relegation, only to survive in the final fortnight of the season.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Dan Tyler (@dantyler90). We asked Dan about Sordell's season as a whole, the difference in his success under Chris Powell and Jose Riga, as well as getting the opposition view on whether he should remain at Bolton for the final 12 months of his contract.

Q: Marvin Sordell made 35 appearances for Charlton this season, scoring eight goals. How would you sum up his time at The Valley?

A: Even though he's had a poor time at Bolton, I was excited when I saw we had signed Marvin. He's a player I've always rated and know that if you can get him in the right frame of mind, he can be a big threat - especially in the Championship.

However, he has struggled to impose himself for the majority of the season but it has been difficult for him with limited opportunities and playing in a struggling side. We haven't really been playing the kind of football to suit Marvin, as we've desperately lacked creativity at times.

Overall, he's been average at best.

Q: Sordell found himself out of the side under Chris Powell, but bounced back to score five goals in the final seven games under the management of Jose Riga. What changed that suddenly gave him a boost in confidence?

A: There were rumours that his attitude wasn't right and Powell always wants his players to work hard, hustle the back-four and be a nuisance - something Sordell just isn't.

The difference under Riga is we've been playing with a bit more pace and flexibility, especially away from home, which has allowed Sordell more space, which allows him to use his pace to exploit the opposition.

Game time and confidence shown in him by the manager gave him that much needed boost and he showed his quality with three well taken finishes against Sheffield Wednesday.

Q: Wanderers spent around £3million to sign Sordell from Watford in January 2012, but he has been restricted to just 29 appearances for the Whites - scoring eight goals. Should he be welcomed back, or do you think we should look into getting shut of him?

A: This entirely depends on what kind of football you're looking to play. I don't think people can just say 'he's rubbish - get him out' as different players suit different systems.

Look at Leicester City, for example. I would never have said that Jamie Vardy and David Nugent have more talent than Sordell, but they have found their feet at a club and fired them to promotion.

I think there is too much negativity towards Sordell at Bolton now, so he should be looking for a move. The fact Dougie Freedman allowed him to leave on loan indicates there is no way back for him.

Q: With 12 months left on his Bolton contract, would you like to see the deal made permanent in the summer and do you think it's something that Jose Riga would be interested in?

A: Jose Riga is out of contract and has yet to sign a new deal, so I cannot really answer that question. However, if he stays, I think he will be keen to bring him in.

I still think he's worth a punt, due to his age, but that depends on how much Bolton want for him.

We'd need to carry on the system at the back end of last season through to make the most of his ability, and he'll need to prove that he's willing to make a fresh start and progress what looked like being a very promising career.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Dan for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @dantyler90.

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