Madine Loss Cushioned by 'Outstanding' Le Fondre

  • March 29, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson admits selling Gary Madine to Cardiff City in January came as a major blow, whilst also believing the move sparked fresh life into Adam Le Fondre.

Two months since he departed Wanderers, Madine still tops the goalscoring charts at Macron Stadium - with 10 strikes to his name - with Le Fondre, along with Sammy Ameobi, his nearest challenger with just four.

But with two goals in his last three games, Parkinson has praised the contributions of a revitalised Le Fondre, who he believes is proving he still has what it takes to be a major player in the Championship.

"When Gary left, it was a blow for us at the time," Parkinson told talkSPORT.

"But you can't feel sorry for yourself in football. No-one wants to hear hard-luck stories come the summer. You've got to find solutions to problems and often they can be within your squad.

"Le Fondre is a good example of that. He's been frustrated he hadn't got more game time. He wanted to play in that number nine role that Gary had played and he's come in and been outstanding for us.

"He's got a real freshness and sharpness about his game and that can come from not having a lot of football in his legs this season, but also just a pure hunger and desire to show everybody he can play at this level."

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