Owen Coyle admits that he’s already spoken to Arsenal about keeping Ryo Miyaichi on loan at Bolton, despite the Trotters dropping into the Champioship.
The Japanese winger, who is set to make his international debut in the coming week, was an instant hit at the Reebok Stadium before injuries and fatigue took the edge off his performances.(Check his stats here)
Lauding the attitude of the Arsenal teenager, Coyle told the Bolton News that he’d happily welcome Miyaichi back into the fold, if Arsenal were willing to do business.
“We’d love to have him back – he’s an exciting young player and that’s what we want for next year. I’ve had a discussion with Arsenal already and it’s only early days in the summer but we’ll see how that pans out.
“Ryo certainly loved his time at the club. To be fair to the kid, he was trying to play through injuries in the last four or five games and I had to say to him ‘in order to be at your best, you have to be at your maximum fitness.’
“He had such a big heart that he wanted to play his part. We had to take him out of the firing line. If we could get him back with us again, then that would be great.”
Arsene Wenger’s close relationship with Owen Coyle has certainly paid dividends for the Gunners in recent seasons with both Miyaichi and Jack Wilshere benefitting from the Scot’s tactical nous during loan spells.
Given the number of clogging full-backs plying their trade in the Championship, it remains to be seen whether the boss wishes to risk Ryo’s ankles in arguably the most physical football division in Europe.