LUKAS AND BECKS ARE BOLTON’S NEW PAIR
LUKAS Jutkiewicz had a fleeting friendship with Jermaine Beckford at Everton, but Bolton’s new striker hopes to forge a far more lasting partnership at the Reebok Stadium.
Jutkiewicz, who left the Toffees shortly after Beckford arrived from Leeds in 2010, has come a long way since leaving Merseyside.
The striker has played in the Championship with Coventry and Middlesbrough but, with just two goals to his name this season while he has been at the Riverside, has been granted a loan move by Boro boss Aitor Karanka until the summer.
However, Jutkiewicz thinks that Beckford is the man to help him settle into life at Bolton as he aims to find his form again.
“I was with Becks for a little while at Everton. He had joined from Leeds in the summer and we were competing for a spot in the squad,” said Jutkiewicz.
“We went away and spent pre-season together in Australia. Despite him being a striker and in direct competition for a place with me, we got along very well.
“Jermaine is not only a top player, but a top guy. Even in my first few days here at Bolton he has helped me a lot.
“He obviously has that experience and is a lively character – someone I can get on well with. It’s always a big help knowing people when you walk in the door.
“I’m obviously very happy to be here and to have everything sorted. I’m very excited, so hopefully things will work out for both myself and the club.
“Having watched Bolton this season, I don’t think they are far away from being a very good team.
“It seems that they have been having a lot of possession in games and have been looking the stronger side – that was certainly the case when I came here to play them with Middlesbrough earlier in the season.”
Wanderers have also bolstered their midfield with the signing of Millwall’s Liam Trotter and winger Yannick Bastos.
Freedman has paid a fee for Bastos, who is expected to play in their development squad initially.
Bastos said: “It is a dream that really came true for me.”