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Opinion: The Enigma That Is Gary Madine

Adam makes his LOV debut and goes straight after the most divisive fictional character since Roman Reigns

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During my time watching my beloved Bolton Wanderers I don't think I've ever come across a more confusing, frustrating, sometimes brilliant but ultimately incomplete player as Gary Madine.

A tall, strong and commanding figure, Madine should be able to bully most League One centre backs with ease week in week out.

But the fact of the matter is that this doesn't happen on a regular basis.

Throughout the season Gary has shown glimpses of excellence.

His display against Gillingham reminded me of the good old days of a peak Kevin Davies. He ran the show from minute one and got his reward of 2 fine goals.

That display proved doubters (including myself) wrong, right?

Sadly not, as just 5 days later away to lowly Chesterfield, I saw the same player not win a single 50/50 against an ageing and chunky Ian Evatt (some may remember him being the lump at the heart of Blackpool's defence back in the Premier League).

This has become an all too often occurrence in the legacy of Gary Madine during his time with the Wanderers. Fan favourite one week and the pantomime villain the next.

I for one, would love to see Gary prove me wrong and go on to score 10+ goals during the second half of the season and be our 'number 9' all round striker, but as of yet, despite the obvious signs of ability, he is yet to prove himself to be 'our guy'.