Tim dreams of starring role in Wanderers defence
DEFENDER Tim Ream is determined to achieve his dream of a regular starting berth for Wanderers.
The American has started just once under new boss Dougie Freedman, pictured below, and made two substitute appearances – the most recent a late appearance off the bench in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Huddersfield.
In total this season – his first full one with the Whites following a move last January from New York Red Bulls – he has made just seven starts.
But he vows to keep working hard on the training pitch and, while admitting he would like more game-time, he says he has never considered a move away from the Reebok Stadium – either on loan or otherwise.
Ream told the New York Times: “I don’t really have a desire to move. At this point I need games. I can’t go anywhere without getting games and I don’t think a loan is really an option.
“I’ve been in the team since the new manager came in.
“I haven’t been looking elsewhere and I haven’t been approached.
“When I first came over last January, the first two games I wasn’t in the 18.
“Then, I was starting every game, thrust into it, from the beginning of February to May.”
Ream admits that after his rude introduction to life in the Premier League, his first campaign in the Championship has been equally difficult, for different reason.
“We came in this year and it was a bigger adjustment, especially to me,” said Ream.
“I know I struggled early on and didn’t have very good performances so Owen Coyle went with guys who were tested and could get the job done. That’s the way things go.
“It was difficult. I had never experienced anything like that before – being left off the team.
“It was very frustrating. You question whether you made the right decision.
“When you’re not playing, not even in the first 18 and sitting with all the young boys who are 18, 19 and 20, you kind of look around and maybe question it then.
“But for the most part it’s about overcoming that and just working hard.”
Ream’s hope is that his work ethic will strike a chord with Freedman “It’s a matter of working hard, getting games and going from there,” he added.
“At the end of day everyone wants to play. It’s a matter of putting your head down and getting back to basics.
“Under the new manager, I think I’ve done well and have been in the 18, back on the doorstep to getting games.”
The 25-year-old is enthusiastic about the future, both personally and collectively, under Freedman.
He likes the style the Scot is trying to implement, which is different to that played under ex-Whites boss Owen Coyle, as well as his former manager at Red Bulls – ex-Manchester City number two Hans Backe.
“The new manager is good, definitely different than Owen,” said Ream. “He’s got a style he likes to play and a structure and shape, something the team really needed drilled into us. I think we’ve been responding well.
“There’s not much different from New York. We have hard days on Monday and Tuesday, off Wednesday, taper down and do more tactical shape later in the week. He’s not as into tactics as Hans was. We still work on them, but he’s more into the intense work-rates than tactics.”