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Amadou Bakayoko on the key for Bolton Wanderers targeting promotion ahead of Sheffield Wednesday

Amadou Bakayoko is no stranger to promotion out of League One having done so with Coventry City.

The Bolton Wanderers attacker achieved the feat with the Sky Blues in the curtailed 2019/20 campaign.

He joined Wanderers this summer on a two-year deal after departing Coventry, and has made a big impact at the club so far.

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The attacker has scored three goals in six appearances so far for Wanderers in all competitions and made his return from injury last weekend against Shrewsbury Town after a thigh problem.

Bakayoko felt he had let his team mates and boss Ian Evatt down with injury, admitting it was tough to stomach after making a bright start to his Wanderers career.

But after returning to action, he believes Wanderers have in abundance what is needed to go the distance this season, and is pleased to be back after a spell out.

He said: “It takes togetherness, sometimes a bit of luck as well but I definitely think the spirit in this team is enough. Every game we go into we’re expecting to get something and it’s a good feeling to have.

“The most disappointing part was that I felt I’d let the boys and the gaffer down.

“I’d made a good start and was really enjoying playing in front of the fans. Then the injury happened and it was tough.

“But I feel like I managed it with the staff at the club, the boys pushed me because of the wins they got. And when I came on at the weekend it was great to hear the supporters, hopefully there’s a lot more of that to come.”

Wanderers travel to Hillsborough tomorrow to take on Sheffield Wednesday, in one of the few games this season in League One taking place this weekend.

The performances on the road this season have been impressive this campaign, with Bolton top of the away form this season.

Bakayoko believes other sides are showing Wanderers respect this campaign, and though Bolton will give the Owls the same this weekend, they will be aiming for three points at Hillsborough.

He said: “I think when we go to other clubs they are looking at us, the way we are setting up and playing, not the other way around.

“Obviously you show a club like Sheffield Wednesday respect but we go out there to win games every Saturday, no matter where it is.

“The way the gaffer sets us up, and we’re lucky we have got the players who can play those roles, it has been going well.

“We know at times we’ll have to mix it up, depending on the type of team we are facing but I think we have got a good squad which can rotate, so long may this continue.

“There’s a lot of quality in this squad and we haven’t shied away from any of the top teams or bigger names.

“The way we play I think has been key for a lot of teams who have got promotions, so I think there is more to come from us. I think you will see that in the next few games.

“Other teams are starting to realise the way we play and some will just sit back and so you need to find out different ways of getting into the box, getting goals.

“But we’ve watched clips and we’re starting to learn from the gaffer what to do when that happens, so it is about putting that into the game.”

Wanderers fans have taken well to Bakayoko since he arrived thanks to his energetic playing style and work rate.

It is a relationship which Bakayoko had with his previous club Coventry and he did not ease back into the action last weekend, with sprints and an attempted overhead kick not long after coming on against Salop.

And he believes his playing style is just naturally in him as he believes a competitive squad is needed throughout the season for success.

He said: “I had it with my previous club and I think fans know I give 100 per cent. That is what they want to see.

“Coming back from my injury I think people were expecting me to do it calmly, get a few passes, ease myself in but I wanted to get straight in there and get my tackles in. I wanted to do what I needed to do to feel fit. That’s in me.

“It really is needed through the season if you want that end goal to be promotion.

“Injuries will happen, some players won’t have the best game at certain times, so the more options you have the better.

“I think it’s built in me. This is my third club and at each one I have learned the way to manage myself but I think that 100 per cent is always going to be in me, no matter which shirt I am wearing.

“People love it, and I enjoy it.”

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