How has former Rangers attacker Dodoo fared since joining Bolton?
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How has former Rangers attacker Dodoo fared since joining Bolton?

Joe Dodoo had his Rangers contract terminated by mutual consent at the end of the summer transfer window, before signing for Bolton in early October.

The move came not long after the Trotters had been rescued from a financial crisis by a takeover, with Dodoo brought in as part of a squad rebuild.

When he joined, he made what appeared to be some bitter comments about his time at Rangers. He suggested that he hadn’t been sufficiently supported at Ibrox and that his move to a relegation battle in EFL League One wasn’t “any sort of step down” [Bolton News].

So, how has he got on since heading back south of the border?

Up until the last few weeks, he’d been a regular in the starting XI. He’s rarely played as an out and out striker, with the manager, Keith Hill, preferring to deploy him out wide.

Former Rangers attacker Dodoo crossing from wide right for Bolton in a League One clash against Burton Albion. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

However, it seems a lack of tangible contributions has prompted a recent drop down the pecking order.

He’s made 20 appearances in all competitions, scoring three times and registering just three assists. It’s not a woeful return, and two of those strikes were important in securing a win over Southend and a late draw with AFC Wimbledon.

Yet, he’s hardly tearing the league apart, and others are now getting a go, with Dodoo only playing a minor role in the last three league fixtures.

During Saturday afternoon’s defeat away at Coventry, he was introduced for the final few minutes but the change proved too late for him to make a telling impact.

Dodoo is back in England after a disappointing stint in the Scottish Premiership. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In sum, then, the 24-year-old hasn’t disgraced himself on his return to English football, but his performances will hardly have Steven Gerrard regretting the decision to let him leave Rangers.

While Bolton’s form has been admirable considering the upheaval at the start of the season, their initial deduction has ensured that they are still a massive 17 points from safety and likely to be relegated to the fourth-tier come the summer.