Coyle - Ream is ready

Boss set to hand defender his Bolton debut

Tim Ream: Could make his debut in cup clash with Millwall

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Owen Coyle says he will have no problem handing Tim Ream his Bolton bow in Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round clash with Millwall.

The USA international completed a switch from the New York Red Bulls during the winter transfer window but has so far only figured in a private practice match.

The Trotters have full faith in their latest acquisition, though, and believe he is ready to handle the rigours of English football.

With that in mind, Coyle says the defender could come into contention for a starting berth when Bolton head to The Den.

"Millwall are a very good side so we're under no illusions about how difficult a task it is," said the Scot.


"But I've got no doubts about Tim's ability to cope.

"He's athletic, he's young, he's going to get better and he's very comfortable on the ball. It's a different style of football to the MLS and Tim will have to adjust quickly.

"Each week will be a real challenge but he's got the tools to deal with that.

"Nothing beats being involved in games, so he played behind closed doors and came through it well.

"Intense training has brought him on and he'll certainly feature at Millwall."

What will be the outcome in the match Millwall vs Bolton?

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  • Draw
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