Huddersfield Town beware – Jermaine Beckford is back in the goalscoring groove.
Mark Robins’ side will come face to face with the man who helped keep them in the Championship when they head to Bolton on Tuesday.
The Reebok Stadium visit is part of a big Lancastrian one-two for Town, who host leaders Burnley this afternoon.
Bolton, who go to Middlesbrough, are 15th, two places and a point behind Robins’ side, but over the last eight games, have taken 16 points, the third-best record in the division after Burnley and Leicester.
Beckford, signed from Leicester in the summer after being loaned to Town last season, has scored five times in his last six outings to spearhead the improvement.
But the word from within the Wanderers faithful is that another ex-Town loan player, midfielder Neil Danns, has made a big contribution.
And so have central defenders Tim Ream and Matt Mills, who have replaced former Aston Villa and Fulham star Zat Knight, and ex-Middlesbrough man David Wheater, a duo who cost Bolton a combined ï¿½6.3m.
Former Leeds favourite Beckford, who won over Town supporters with nine goals in 22 games, concurs.
Bolton, who have this week brought in Cardiff forward Joe Mason on loan, have conceded just five goals in those last eight games, and the 29-year-old frontman said: “The boys who have been drafted in at the back are doing very well, and I think it helps that they are being pushed.”
American Ream, 26, was signed from New York Red Bulls in January 2012, when Bolton were fighting in vain to preserve Premier League status, while Mills, 27, moved from Leicester six months later as Wanderers prepared for life in the Championship.
They are operating alongside full-backs Kevin McNaughton, on loan from Cardiff, and Alex Baptiste, a summer recruit from Blackpool, in front of former Leeds and Preston keeper Andy Lonergan.
“It is a true testament to the guys in there, Matt and Tim, to have stayed in as long as they have done,” added Beckford, who played alongside Bolton boss Dougie Freedman at Leeds.
“The likes of Zat and David are pushing them to the wire in training every day. Being pressed to perform and doing it, I take my hat off to them all.
“They have all done extremely well and clean sheets (Bolton have kept two in their last three games) are not bad for us.”
It’s taken Jamaican international Beckford a while to find his scoring feet.
He managed just one in his first 11 matches, against Tranmere in the Capital One Cup, before his first for the club in the Championship as Birmingham were beaten 2-1 at St Andrew’s, also the scene of his first Town goal.
“It is a good run I’m on but I don’t really look at things like that. I just try and take each game as it comes,” he added.
“More important to me is the team and I can only see us moving in one direction and that’s up the table.
“At the end of the season, hopefully we have been promoted or are in the play-offs and then I can look back at the goals I got.”
Leicester’s Danns, 31, is set for an eighth Bolton appearance this afternoon having played 17 times for Town last season.
Alongside McNaughton and midfielder Liam Feeney, now recalled by Millwall, he was one of a trio of loan signings made by former Crystal Palace chief Freedman after Bolton began the season sluggishly.
Danns, of course, is a former Palace player.
He has been playing in a three-man central midfield unit alongside ex-Liverpool player Jay Spearing and former Fulham and Swansea man Darren Pratley, with South Korean ace Chung-Yong Lee and Sierra Leone international Medo Kamara out wide.