Bolton Wanderers have brought Eidur Gudjohnsen back to the club for a second spell at the age of 36.
The former Chelsea and Barcelona forward may not be as sprightly as he once was, but Trotters boss Neil Lennon says: ‘Eidur is someone who will make a difference. It’s no gimmick or a PR stunt.”
The ex-Celtic manager has a point, with those approaching the end of a distinguished career often written off prematurely.
Frank Lampard is proving at the highest level with Manchester City that age can be no barrier, with a man deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge excelling in Premier League and Champions League competition in his mid-30s.
Lennon is looking for Gudjohnsen to make a similar impact in the Championship, with the experienced Icelander considered to be an important addition to the Macron Stadium ranks, not a quick fix to short-term problems.
“Frank's playing for Man City and he's played for Chelsea - the big teams,” Lennon said in the Bolton News.
“We're not a big team in the Championship but we're hoping that Eidur can have an impact here.
“I played in the Champions League when I was 36 and I wasn't as fit as some of these guys. It can be done. I don't see age as a major problem. I just look at the footballer and what he can bring to the team. Eidur brings a lot of quality to us.”
Gudjohnsen made his second debut for the Trotters on Saturday as he stepped off the bench during a goalless draw with Ipswich Town.
He showed during a cameo appearance that he has lost none of his touch and just needs minutes under his belt before being unleashed from the start.
Lennon will be looking for that time to arrive sooner rather than later, with Bolton only five points clear of the relegation zone despite going unbeaten through their last six fixtures.