Belfast Telegraph

Coyle looks for cutting edge

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is pleased with the start his attack has made to the season and hopes to see it demonstrating a "cutting edge" for the rest of the campaign.

New signing Rodrigo Moreno will compete with club captain Kevin Davies, Johan Elmander, Ivan Klasnic and Robbie Blake for a place up front. Undefeated Bolton have made an impressive start this season and now Moreno has further boosted the ranks, Coyle is looking for Wanderers to be clinical so they can continue to build upon their early momentum.

"I would have been even more happy if we'd scored in the first game at home against Fulham (a 0-0 draw) because we had a number of opportunities, but I think the lads are working ever so hard, particularly in the forward area," Coyle said.

"The skipper has been magnificent for me from day one, Johan has shown that he is really up for the task, Ivan Klasnic has been injured but we have him to come back in and Robbie Blake has shown that he is prepared to step up and has that quality.

"Rodrigo will add to that, which is great, and hopefully we can now add that cutting edge.

"It is very early in the season, but we are pleased at this moment in time and we have to continue with that progress.

"That involves hard work, and when the chances come about, hopefully we'll have that cutting edge to take them."

Moreno, a Brazil-born Spain under-19 international, only joined Benfica in July on a five-year deal from Real Madrid but has moved to the Reebok Stadium to gain experience. He is reunited with former Real team-mate Marcos Alonso, who Bolton signed earlier this summer, and having also brought in Klasnic, Blake and Martin Petrov over the last few months, Coyle feels he has another "flair" player to work with in Moreno.

"I'd actually tried to sign him from Real Madrid in the summer and ultimately the finance was far too much for us, so to now get him on loan, we are delighted," Coyle said.

"He is 19 years old, can play anywhere across the forward line, as a main striker or behind, and he can play in the wide areas. He has got pace, terrific ability and is naturally left-sided. He is just a real flair player as far as I am concerned."


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