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Fredi back in his stride

Posted on 16 April 2004  - 12:00

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Fredi Kanoute feels that he is back in his stride following his start up front against Manchester City on Monday and is targeting a return to the scoresheet against Bolton this weekend.

On his return from African Nations duty the elegant striker spent some time on the bench due to the productive partnership forged by Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe in his absence. He then attempted to fill the problematic right midfield slot against Newcastle and Southampton due to the injury to Simon Davies before David Pleat elected to inject his height, stealth and power in attack against City.

"Yes, I am feeling not too bad and I am just trying to get a good fitness so I can be of profit to the team," reflected Fredi of his return to the front line.

"When I came back I wasn't playing so regularly and it is always difficult to play sometimes as a substitute and not from the start. You need to keep the habit of playing to stay really fit so it can be difficult."

Along with Gus Poyet, Fredi added an aerial threat and physical presence that rocked City on occasions and he explained that this allowed the team to vary its game.

"I think we were able to mix a little bit more and play in different ways. When I play maybe I bring a little bit more strength up front, but it depends on the choice the manager wants to make," he added, agreeing that his link up with Jermain Defoe needed little in the way of introductions.

"You can see that sometimes, we try to get on well on the pitch. We talk a little bit before the game about what we're going to do, but sometimes we just feel good and we try to provoke something.

"I know how he plays and he knows me. Sometimes when he sees the ball in the air he knows that I cam going to take it and knows where to run, plus I know what type of ball he likes to receive. It can make it easier."

Meanwhile, with the trip to Bolton next on the menu, Fredi needed no prompting to describe Nigerian playmaker JJ Okocha as one of the stars of African football.

"I think JJ Okocha is one of the best players in Africa. I think he has the best skill of anyone in the region and also in Europe. When he really wants to lift his game I think he is fantastic.

"Of course, in Africa he is very well known and everyone thinks he is a very good player. He really enjoys football, he seems to love this game and he shows it on the pitch. I am told he is a good man off the pitch as well."

While his respect for the Nigerian is clear, Fredi will certainly not be distracted from the mission of securing a positive result on his domestic patch.

"I am really motivated and really want to get something from Bolton - at least a draw, but every time I'm on the pitch I want to win.

"I am a striker and, although on some days it is good to get a draw or a clean sheet, for me it is good to score, provide an assist or something decisive for the game. That is what I want to do on Saturday."