With six goals and five assists thus far this season, Chris Eagles has either scored or directly created more than half of Bolton Wanderers' 19 goals (58% to be exact). He has been Bolton's best performer, hands down, and probably the only reason this club isn't way worse off than it currently is.
As a result, it's hardly surprising that Dougie Freedman has admitted to being a major fan of his and has singled Eagles out as the man he wants to build his Bolton team around. Speaking in the Bolton News, Freedman said of Eagles:
"I think Chris Eagles is very crucial to this club. He is still young enough and I saw him in training and he has a spark in his eye that he wants to do well.
"I mention him because I believe if I can get him firing in the right way, he will be key to our success. He is one of many I look forward to working with.
"When you are in my business, you know how many hours sleep someone like Chris Eagles gets every night. When I study teams, I want to know exactly who they are, and we played Bolton a few weeks ago.
"I know the strengths and weaknesses and where I can improve them. I know the players quite well but don't yet know their characters individually and that is going to take a few weeks."
Dougie knows, though, that this squad isn't devoid of talent. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
"It is a squad that are underperforming; I spoke to Owen Coyle about it last week.
"He told me it was a great group that probably needs a different voice.