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'It's going to take time' - Evatt prepared to be patient with Amaechi

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Wanderers boss Ian Evatt says there is no pressure on Xavier Amaechi following the winger’s return from injury.

Amaechi – who has represented England a Under-20 level - joined the Whites on loan from German side Hamburg over the summer.

However, the former Arsenal youngster is yet to make his competitive debut after suffering a fractured metatarsal in a pre-season friendly against Preston.

Evatt is delighted to have Amaechi back in contention but insists it will take time for him to get back to his best.

“We have to have patience,” said the Bolton boss. “I do think he’s a top player, you don’t go for two and a half million pounds to Hamburg at such a young age if you’re not.

“He’s played in all the England age groups, he’s very highly thought of and I’ve seen it with my own eyes, what a talent he is.

“But also we have to give the lad a break and give him some patience because it’s going to take time. There’s not one player in the world that can miss the length of time he has and be back to normal from day one.

“He’s going to take a progression with his minutes, a progression with his performances, and hopefully sooner rather than later we’ll get the Xav Amaechi we signed in the summer.

“But for now, we’re really happy to have him back. There’s no pressure on him, we just want him to enjoy his football.”

Amaechi’s current loan deal runs until January but Evatt is hopeful the club can negotiate an extension with Hamburg.

He added: “These types of deals are always complex. We’ve worked very hard in the summer to get him here.

“I think there’s a willingness from both sides to keep him, and we’re hopeful that Hamburg will play ball.

“But as I said, these types of deals are really complex. We were really fortunate in the summer that we had a young man who was willing to sacrifice some of his own salary to come and play for us.

“I think he is willing to do that again but there has to be a willingness from Hamburg to play ball as well because we can’t afford the salary he earns there, it’s as simple as that.”

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