Im­pres­sive young­sters out to spoil the party

AFC BOURNEMOUTH v BOLTON WN­DRS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

WITH over 100 Bolton ap­pear­ances to his name, Tim Ream is some­thing of an old hand but it’s his team­mates at the other end of the ex­pe­ri­ence spec­trum that have im­pressed him in re­cent weeks.

The likes of 19-yearold mid­fielder Tom Walker and 21-year-old de­fender Os­car Threlkeld have gal­vanised the Trot­ters to just one loss in their last six games.

That in­cludes a 2-2 draw with high-fly­ing Brent­ford last week­end and, as they pre­pare to face pro­mo­tion chasers Bournemouth to­mor­row, Ream in­sists the fu­ture is bright.

“It is fun to watch them be­cause it has been a long time com­ing for them,” said the USA in­ter­na­tional cen­tre-back.

“You look at the way Tom plays the game and it’s an in­ter­est­ing dy­namic be­cause th­ese kids aren’t scared of mak­ing mis­takes.

“Tom isn’t wor­ried but he is start­ing to fig­ure out when he can take risks and chances and when he needs to help out and play sim­ple.

“And Os­car was the best player in the back­line at Brent­ford, just win­ning his in­di­vid­ual bat­tles and be­ing in the right po­si­tions all the time.”

Bolton boss Neil Len­non has a se­lec­tion headache against the Cher­ries with Josh Vela, Matt Mills and Paddy McCarthy all ruled out but Ream is keen to end the sea­son on a high.

“We’re math­e­mat­i­cally safe of rel­e­ga­tion now so there’s even more free­dom go­ing into the fi­nal two games,” added the 27-year-old.

“We want to win them both. I don’t think we even know how to play for a draw.”

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M WILSO

N Bourne

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