Director of the Bolton Wanderers Ian Evatt fired claims Marcus Maddison missed the club’s recent 1-0 win over Barrow because he slept too much.
Maddison, who joined League Two pursuers on loan from Charlton Athletic in the January transfer window, was out of the day’s squad as the Trotters beat Barrow thanks to an overtime strike from Shaun Miller February 27.
Recent reports had claimed that Maddison missed the game after sleeping too much, meaning he missed a pre-match team meeting at 1:30 p.m. on game day, although Evatt is adamant that this is not the case.
Speaking about the claims ahead of his side’s clash with Cambridge on Tuesday night, Evatt told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s a non-story. Marcus was sick, that simple.
“I can’t tell you more than that. I can only tell you what happened. It’s a no-story, he wasn’t doing well, that simple.
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Since joining Bolton earlier this year, Maddison has made six appearances for the club and has yet to score or provide an assist, as he was sent off in a 1-1 draw with Morecambe on his debut, although that red card was later overturned.
Bolton is currently seventh in the Ligue 2 standings, six points off the playoff spots with 13 games remaining in his regular season.
In fairness, that was probably the only answer Evatt could give to a question like this.
It would be difficult for the Bolton manager to simply confirm these rumors which would throw Maddison somewhat under the bus and provide his team with an unnecessary distraction in the race for promotion.
Of course, it’s also worth noting that there’s no reason not to believe what Evatt is saying here anyway, as he’s closer to this situation than anyone else.
Even so, it’s probably fair to say that Maddison didn’t have the impact that those associated with Bolton would have hoped for since joining the club, regardless of that, so there’s always pressure on him to make a good impression on him. ‘here at the end of the season.