Speedy Miyaichi can help us fly up the table - Coyle
Published 21:30 10/02/12 By Alan Nixon
Bolton boss Owen Coyle wants to send Japanese flier Ryo Miyaichi back to Arsenal as a ready-made player for Arsene Wenger.
Coyle has taken the speedy winger on loan and hopes his pace will help Wanderers win their battle for Premier League survival.
The teenager, once clocked at 10.6 seconds for the 100 metres, is set to figure against Wigan in Saturday's relegation six-pointer.
And Coyle thinks he could be a major factor from now on in.
He said: “Ryo has unbelievable ability, he has got pace to burn - without wanting to warn opponents, he is lightning quick.
“He has also got great feet and is only going to get better.
"When he gets his chance he will show everybody what he can do. The proof will be in the pudding, but you will see what he has in his locker. He gets the ball and then something can happen.
“He is quite slight, so he has some developing to come. But his work-rate is similar to Chung Yong Lee. I also love his temperament, you always see him with a smile. I like his appetite for the game and his enthusiasm.”
Coyle has already been won over by Miyaichi, but thinks his spell with Bolton will only be a passing visit – rather like fellow Gunner Jack Wilshere’s glorious spell at the Reebok two seasons ago.
He said: “I would love to have signed him permanently but Arsenal would not let that happen. In Ryo’s case his ambition is to go back to Arsenal and into their first team. He has enough to do that. He was at Feyenoord on loan and was terrific.
“When you are at an elite club you are not always going to get into the team, but may go on to have a good career. Everybody has their level. But I think Ryo can be an Arsenal player for years to come.”
Coyle also thinks Miyaichi will grow up fast, like Wilshere did.
He laughed: “Jack had to, the skipper [Kevin Davies] battered him in the first training session. We knew he was a player when he battered him back.”
The Bolton boss feels there are plenty of twists and turns to come yet in the scrap for survival and that it is not only the current bottom six who could be involved.
He said: “All of a sudden you can go on one of those runs that happen out of the blue for no reason, so I wouldn’t just leave it as three from six.”