Bolton boss hails classy Klasnic

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Bolton manager Owen Coyle is determined to see striker Ivan Klasnic at his physical peak to match his new-found mental edge.

The last 10 days could prove to be a turning point for Klasnic in his career with Bolton, with the Croatian scoring the winner in FA Cup ties at Wigan and Fulham to send the club into the sixth round.

"He has been stop-start with injuries this season, and people have forgotten about that," said Coyle on Klasnic. "But it's fair to say that mentally he is now in a very good place, and physically he is very close to his maximum."

He added: "We know he is a quality goalscorer. That is not even up for debate. That desire to score goals is there.

"What we have to make sure is that Ivan is physically at his very best, that he has that sharpness, and he is getting there bit by bit."


Klasnic claimed this week he has given Coyle "something to think about" in the wake of his FA Cup exploits, adding that when he is in the team he has confidence in his ability to score.

But with on-loan Daniel Sturridge, who has scored in each of his three appearances since joining Bolton from Chelsea, available again for Saturday's trip to Newcastle, Klasnic may have to make way.

Despite that, Coyle added: "I love that confidence, which is something I had myself as a player.

"I think all my strikers feel that if they play they'll score, and that's great, which means it's a great problem for me to have."

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