Coyle ready to unleash young guns

First published in Bolton Wanderers The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

OWEN Coyle insists he can squeeze all of his crowd pleasers into one team.

The Wanderers boss has been quick to make his statement of intent since arriving at the Reebok — adding Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere last night to his other attacking loan signings Wladimir Weiss and Stuart Holden.

And he is sure that, along with South Korea star Chung-Yong Lee, pictured, the quartet will make the Whites a side not only worth watching over the next couple of months – but one that is capable of moving the club away from relegation danger.

“We have got players who can entertain and get fans out of their seats, and I don’t think there is any reason why they can’t all play in the same team,” he said.

“What they have to recognise is that they have to do their jobs for the team. You only have to look at Chung-Yong to see that — he has ability but also does a great job for the team. The ground he covers, tracking back and winning the ball is great for the team.

“That’s what we have to recognise. You can be talented, do lots of stuff on the ball, but you have to earn the right to play football with the good footballers that we have got.”

As expected, England Under-21 international Wilshere completed his medical at Euxton yesterday, enabling him to complete his season-long loan deal from Arsenal.

He could now play a part against Liverpool tomorrow, although US international Holden may have to wait for his debut after failing to fully recover from a thigh injury this week.

Mark Davies is hopeful that he can play some part after making good progress from an ankle injury sustained against Arsenal, but Coyle has expressed doubts over striker Ivan Klasnic’s chances of featuring at Anfield.

Although the first task the Wanderers boss faces this weekend is overcoming Rafa Benitez’s Reds on their own turf, his attention will quickly turn after the final whistle to the transfer deadline, which expires on Monday The capture of Wilshere is likely to be the last deal the club will make, meaning they have dealt exclusively in the loan market over the current window.

But Coyle has not completely ruled out another signing – and said he intends to stick to his tried-and-tested methods of recruitment.

“People know how I work,” he said. “As I did at Burnley, if I am going to spend money, then my ideal is that you spend money on young players who are going to grow and evolve at the football club. That way they become assets, and the money doesn’t depreciate, it appreciates.

“The club have an asset that can grow and become better, and a young player who’s hungry and wants to be in the mix with the experienced players we do have at the football club.

“Any money I spent at Burnley was on young players, I think the oldest was 24, and before that I think it was 21.

“Within that, I think you have to recognise that they have to be ready to play.

“So, if the right player becomes available and the finances are available then we’ll enter into the market.”

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