Moreno Can Get Back On Track With Wanderers - Allardyce

Last updated : 06 January 2004 By Mark Heys
Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce has said that new loan signing Javi Moreno has the ability to show the form of previous years during his time at the Reebok Stadium and has challenged the Spanish international to show that during the five months that he is with the Trotters..

Moreno completed the formalities of his transfer from Atletico Madrid yesterday and Allardyce is expected to pitch the former Milan player into immediate action as Wanderers face two derby games in three days this week taking on both Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers and the manager is happy with the fitness levels of the 29-year old.

"He's played about eight games for Atletico this year, but his fitness level is very, very good" Allardyce said

The Bolton boss also stated that the form of Atletico's teenage sensation Fernando Torres had been the only reason for Moreno's lack of games at the Vicente Calderon Stadium but he has said that once his new recruit can adapt to the English game then he is confident Wanderers will have a good player on their hands

"They've got a top-drawer striker called Fernando Torres, who is only 19 but is probably the best striker in the world for his age. That limited Javi's inclusion, but he's got a proven track record.

"It's just about the adjustment from the Spanish division to the Premiership. I hope he gets that quickly like some of our successes in the past. If he can score some of the goals he has scored in the past it will be a magnificent boost for us."