This one gesture made Nicolas Anelka superb - Kevin Davies

Nicolas Anelka

Former Bolton Wanderers forward Kevin Davies enjoyed a grand gesture from former Arsenal, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion striker.

Nicolas Anelka may have arrived at Bolton Wanderers with a difficult reputation, but it did not take long for him to endear himself to his Trotters team-mates, the coaching staff and the club as a whole - groundsmen included.

That is the view of former Bolton Wanderers forward Kevin Davies, who played alongside Anelka for two seasons at the erstwhile named Reebok Stadium and changed next to him in the dressing room.

"The Frenchman came in with a bit of a reputation of someone who might disturb the peace of the dressing room so managers have to take that into account," wrote Davies in his column for Sky Sports.

He continued: "He was a private person, I got changed next to him and he wasn’t one to come in and start conversations. He was quiet and shy.

"When he got married he invited a lot of the staff and groundsmen – he flew them over to Morocco, all expenses paid. Gestures like that were superb," concluded the 37-year-old, now at Preston North End.

Anelka returned 21 goals from 53 Premier League appearances during his time in the North-West.

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