Bolton manager Owen Coyle has praised Gunners winger Ryo Miyaichi after making a name for himself already since completing his loan move to the Reebok Stadium last month, and believes the speedy forward can become a sensation just like previous Bolton loanees Jack Wilshere and Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge.
Miyaichi has already opened his account for the Trotters after netting the opening goal in Bolton’s 2-0 FA Cup win, and impressed during his Premier League debut against Wigan the week before.
Coyle has praised the youngsters awareness and technical ability, and believes Miyaichi has what it takes to become a top class player. The Trotters manager said:
I would love to get him on a permanent basis but Arsène knows, as I do, that Ryo is going to have a terrific career at Arsenal. He can go very far in the game.
When you consider the wide players Arsenal have, it was understandable that the boy had to go somewhere to play and Arsène felt the same. If we can give him the right platform, he can go back to Arsenal a far better player and ready to push for a first-team place.
[on whether Ryo can follow in Wilshere/Sturridge’s footsteps] They are different types of players. Jack is a central midfielder, Daniel is a natural striker and Ryo is a winger who can play on both sides or behind the striker.
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He has a lovely temperament and tremendous physical condition, with pace to burn. Millwall is not an easy place to come, but he was tuned in from the first minute.
The goal (see video below) was certainly impressive, and the superb finish seemed almost Thierry Henry-esk. The young Japanese winger has certainly taken on board what he learnt from training with the likes of Henry and Van Persie prior to his Bolton move, Miyaichi said of his goal:
Sam [Ricketts] gave me a good delivery. I like to come off the left wing and into the box like Henry. At Arsenal, I saw many times Henry score the same way during training. Van Persie also did it on the opposite side. They showed me a very good example.
The manager gave me a chance and I wanted to give him a big impression. It was a really important match for me, the atmosphere was amazing and it. It was unbelievable to score.
Miyaichi certainly has been one of the most highly anticipated youngsters in the Arsenal squad that many Gunner fans have been itching to see, however unfortunately due to injury and a dip in form he wasn’t able to crack into the Arsenal lineup. But with the invaluable experience he will gain at Bolton he should come back a better player as he will learn a different, more physical game from playing with the Trotters which can only improve his game.
Certainly he has the attributes to succeed, and much like Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere before him, he seems to have a level head and possess a winning mentality and a high work rate. It has started to pay dividend for him with the Japanese FA reportedly inquiring over Miyaichi’s availability for their upcoming World Cup qualifier with Uzbekistan, which is fantastic news.
Miyaichi’s goal vs Millwall (skip to 1:00 min for his goal) :