After coming in from cold Tim Ream is ready for Whites to turn up the heat
TIMES may be tense at Wanderers but when Tim Ream emerged from the gym shaking like a leaf and drained of colour, you had to wonder just how badly the club’s poor start to the season had affected the players.
Decidedly more chilled out than usual, the American defender-turned-midfielder quickly assuaged any fears that he was on the verge of some kind of episode, explaining he had spent the previous few minutes locked up in the cryogenic chamber.
“It resets the whole nervous system, apparently,” he added, attempting a smile. “But it’s not much fun.”
That last sentiment may well apply to most things at the Reebok this last couple of months, where good times have been very few and far between.
Today’s game at home to Yeovil has been built up as Dougie Freedman’s best opportunity to reboot a season that has gone drastically wrong to date.
For the last eight weeks the manager and his players have talked about that elusive first win but Ream admits words at this point in time seem a little empty. We have talked so much, we’re at the point where it has gone beyond that,” he said. “You can talk the talk but it’s a different thing going out and actually doing it on a Saturday.”
Thankfully, Ream was cajoled into extending the conversation from there.
The former New York Red Bulls star admits confidence is low in the camp but he may take some personal solace from the fact his own performances in a new position have been one of the few highlights of recent weeks.
The softly-spoken 25-year-old may seem to some an unlikely catalyst for a Wanderers revival but with options starting to exhaust for Freedman, he currently looks a good bet.
“When you’re not winning games your head goes down quicker and that’s something we need to change quickly,” he said.
“Even if it is only one guy, when we give up a goal or struggle for a stretch of the game, they need to pick people up and let them know the game isn’t over.
“Confidence isn’t that low that we are going to start throwing in the towel.
“It might have to come from an unexpected source to make guys start speaking up and pushing each other even more. I think that’s how we get out of this.”
Ream has yet to really nail down a first-team place in 20 months since arriving from the MLS.
But after showing Freedman he can fill in at centre-half, left-back and now in midfield, the prospect of him leaving Bolton seems a whole lot less likely than it may have done at the start of the season.
“I’ve never looked to get out but it’s fair to say I might have been moved on because they were bringing certain guys in and changing the dynamic of the team,” he said.
“You just never know if you are going to be the next one out of the door.
"If that's what they thought was going to help the team and they thought it was best for me to move on, I couldn't really argue with them. But things have turned round pretty quickly and I am pleased to be involved again and playing well."
Now in from the cold, so to speak, Ream wants a chance to show people that he can play a part in turning round Wanderers’ wretched start.
“Whether people see it or not, there are a lot of guys on this team who do put it in and are not looking to jump ship because we are doing poorly,” he said.
“We want to get out of this and they want to be the ones that bring us out. It's a tough situation but the guys are definitely up for it.”