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Gary Madine - is he any good? Bolton supporter gives his views on potential Sunderland signing

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Cardiff released Gary Madine yesterday, sparking rumours that he could be headed to Sunderland. We sat down with Bolton Fanzine ‘Lions of Vienna Suite’ to gather their thoughts on the 29-year old target-man, who had a successful spell there under Phil Parkinson.

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RR: So, Gary Madine. He’s been linked with a move to Sunderland after he was released by Cardiff. What are your thoughts on him as a player?

LOVS: He’s a target man, pure and simple. Our whole attack under Phil Parkinson was based around creating scenarios where Madine would head the ball towards a winger or attacking midfielder.

He’s alright with his feet, compared to other target man strikers.

He’s a confidence player.

Him and Neil Lennon didn’t having the best of working relationships (see the Brentford clip) and it was only when Parky arrived that he played well in a Wanderers shirt.

RR: What do you make of the fact Cardiff decided to release him two years after they signed him for a whopping £6m? Why do you think he wasn’t able to replicate his Bolton form down there?

LOVS: Given the fact that many clubs wouldn’t have been willing or able to pay a fee for him, it makes sense. They need him off the wage bill and he wants a fresh start.

I think there’s no doubt that we received a higher fee than he was worth, though it was deadline day and Neil Warnock was chasing promotion to the Premier League.

Like I mentioned above, he’s a confidence player. Whether it was the style or play or Warnock’s tactics, it just didn’t work.

As he showed last season with a spell at Sheffield United, he’s capable of being a useful player if a team can play to his strengths.

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RR: Do you think linking back up with Phil Parkinson would be a smart move? He’s a Newcastle fan and got himself into a bit of bother up here when he was younger, so some might say he’s not a great fit for us despite the fact we need a proper target man...

LOVS: Hopefully, playing for a manager who has faith in him will keep away any off field issues. Parky is a huge fan and Madine thrived under his management at Bolton, so it should work again at the SOL.

RR: Sunderland are in a situation where the three strikers we have got just aren’t contributing enough in terms of goals. Will Madine solve that problem at all?

LOVS: If the service is right, he’ll score. It may take him a couple of games, though he should manage to chip in with a few goals at this level.

RR: What would you say to any Sunderland supporters who aren’t sure about our club potentially signing Madine at such a crucial stage of the season?

LOVS: He’d be better than Kyle Lafferty.