EIDUR’S HERE FOR PLAY NOT FOR PAY!

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Jamie Holt

THEY say you should never go back, but Neil Len­non be­lieves the re­turn of club legend Eidur Gud­johnsen to Bolton will prove to be the ex­cep­tion.

Gud­johnsen, pic­tured, last played for the Trot­ters 14 years ago be­fore turn­ing out for clubs such as Chelsea, Barcelona and Tot­ten­ham.

But the 36-year-old has re­turned to the Macron Sta­dium fol­low­ing his re­lease by Bel­gian side Club Brugge and man­ager Len­non is adamant that the Ice­landic striker will help the club on and off the pitch.

“I don't think we've enough ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who’ve played at the top level be­fore,” said Len­non.

“Whether that’s im­por­tant in the Cham­pi­onship or our cur­rent po­si­tion, we will see, but I feel if you’ve got a player like Eidur com­ing in, it will only lift the play­ers.

“He knows the club and en­vi­ron­ment and he’s still get­ting used to the pace of the game. But his ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sion­al­ism should rub off on the rest.”

Gud­johnsen has signed a deal un­til the end of the sea­son and in the short-term will try to help Bolton haul them­selves clear of the Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion zone.

When Sam Al­lardyce was at the helm at the turn of the cen­tury, Bolton brought in a num­ber of ex­pe­ri­enced, high-pro­file stars, such as Fer­nando Hi­erro, Jay-Jay Okocha and Youri Djorka­eff.

Len­non be­lieves the Gud­johnsen sign­ing could work out just as well.

“I’m not mak­ing com­par­isons, but Sam did it with Okocha and Hi­erro and peo­ple who thought maybe their ca­reers were com­ing to an end,” he said.

“Sam gave them a new lease of life and they turned out to be pretty good play­ers for Bolton.

“It’s not a ques­tion of us giv­ing th­ese guys a pay day for 18 months. Eidur’s com­ing here to make a

con­tri­bu­tion.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

BACK HOME: Eidur Gud­johnsen in ac­tion against Sh­effield United in 2000 dur­ing his first spell at Bolton

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