Megson: Elmander will come good

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Bolton manager Gary Megson has backed Johan Elmander to prove he is a worthy successor to Nicolas Anelka.

The 27-year-old was brought in from Toulouse over the summer for a fee in the region of £8million, but the Sweden striker has managed just one goal from seven starts for the Trotters.

"He's been injured for a while. He's only scored the one goal but people can see when he's playing, aside from just goalscoring, that he's a talented lad." Megson said.

"People talk about the price tag but Nicolas was £15million and he was £8million, so that's just over 50%,

"But Johan has to deal with that. He didn't pay that amount of money, I did, so he doesn't have to put himself under any more pressure."

Megson added: "When they signed Nic here, he didn't score for quite a while. You look up and down the country at strikers who have gone for big money and it's the same for them as well.

"They are judged on the goals they get, and quite rightly so, but I'm sure Johan, given a good run at it fitness-wise, and with us getting better all over the pitch, will score the goals that we want."

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