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My BWFC Player of the Year: Lukas Jutkiewicz

Takes a big man to admit when he's wrong - and boy was I wrong

Scott Heavey

I'm often wrong.

It's true. You might not know it, but I am. For example, I once owned a Mark Fish hat. I went to Tranmere away just so I could call Michael Ricketts a fat knacker - scratch that, that's NEVER wrong.

I was wrong about Lukas Jutkiewicz.

When he signed I looked at his goal ratio, and I was underwhelmed. I thought, in light of the David Ngog to Swansea move that we were changing one goal-shy frontman for another.

I was wrong about Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Since his arrival at Bolton Wanderers on loan from Middlesbrough on 28th January, we have finally found ourselves a proper line-leading centre forward. With the greatest respect to Kevin Davies' successors, we have finally found ourselves a forward worthy of SKD-esque adoration.

In many ways he's better than Super Kev, and I don't use those words lightly.

The way he leads from the front is comparable with the big man, but his ability in the air and on the deck is, in many ways, superior to our former captain. Davies was great at distracting the central defenders, but less so at troubling the goalkeepers.

Jutkiewicz has, in his 13 games as a Bolton player, scored six goals - different goals too. He's notched headers, left foot strikes, complex over-the-shoulder acrobatic volleys and my personal favourite, the scruffy two yard tap-in.

This ability to find the net is a rare gift, and compared with the profligacy of the likes of Jermaine Beckford and David Ngog is something to be cherished. Jutkiewicz has settled into the club like he has been here for years. Sometimes a player can be nomadic in his career choices, and sometimes a player and a club just fit one another.

In the case of our mate Lukas it appears that he and Bolton Wanderers are a good pairing, and we can but hope that Dougie Freedman's successor this summer is given the funds to bring him in on a permanent basis.

I love the Juke.