Coyle delighted with Johan

22 August 2010 02:00
Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes striker Johan Elmander has found a new lease of life. The Swede, widely regarded as a big money flop for the majority of his career with the club, scored a wonder goal for Sweden against Wales in March and has not looked back since. He scored a brace at West Ham on Saturday to take his tally to 10 goals in 57 appearances for Bolton, and Coyle could not be happier with him. He said: "It was a bit tongue in cheek but when he scored that wonder goal (against Wales) I remember jesting with him, telling him to wear that Sweden shirt underneath his Bolton top for the next game. "People were making a big thing about (his poor goal record) and that's a side of football we understand because of the level we're at. The football pressure, as we call it, grows. But I've said to everyone that this is a clean slate, a fresh start. "I have been a tremendous believer in Johan from day one. It's up to him now to keep showing that level and to keep having that hunger. When they cross the white line, it's up to them to bring their top game and he's managed to do that to this point."

Source: PA