BWFC Player of the Season Nominee - Tim Ream

  • May 01, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Voting for the 2013/14 Bolton Wanderers Player of the Season is now open. Here, we analyse one of the nominees - Tim Ream.

Ream joined Bolton in January 2012, completing a reported £2.5million move from New York Red Bulls - delaying his honeymoon in the process.

After making his debut in a 2-0 victory in an FA Cup tie at Millwall the following month, Ream went on to make 15 appearances in the second half of the 2011/12 campaign as Wanderers were relegated from the Premier League.

The United States international had struggled to adapt to the physicality of the English game and found himself in and out of the side in the opening months of his second season at the club, who were now playing Championship football.

He regained his place upon Dougie Freedman's arrival as manager, in October 2012, but the loan signing of West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson resulted in him playing just one of Bolton's final 17 games as they missed out on a play-off position on the final day of the season.

His future at the Reebok Stadium was up in the air last summer, with Middlesbrough and League One side Bristol City reportedly interested in signing the out-of-favour defender.

Ream featured in none of Bolton's opening three league games this season, with a Capital One Cup victory at Shrewsbury Town providing him with his only opportunity to impress, but he found himself in the team, albeit in a defensive midfield position, for the visit of Queens Park Rangers on August 24.

Despite putting in a Man of the Match performance, Ream missed the defeat at Blackburn Rovers the following weekend, but returned to the side following the September international break. Since then, he hasn't looked back - establishing himself as a constant in the Wanderers backline, whether it be in central defence or an unfamiliar left-back position after a broken leg ruled Marc Tierney out for the campaign.

Since coming back into the team on September 14, Ream has featured in every Bolton game and has played through injury since January, having broken his nose in a 2-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers. A protective mask means he has resembled a superhero character for the last three months and although an operation is required, he seems intent on putting it on hold until he discovers whether or not a place in his country's World Cup squad is his.

Less than 12 months after a move to Bristol City looked to be on the cards, the 26-year-old has recently been linked with a £4million move to West Brom of the Premier League. That is a clear indication of how well Ream has done this season, having finally settled into regular first-team football and the Championship's style of play under Freedman.

He was voted BWSA Player of the Year earlier this week, but can he follow that up by claiming the Burnden Aces gong?

At the time of writing, Ream has made 44 appearances this season. In that time, Bolton have won 16, drawn 14 and lost 14 games in all competitions.

Does Tim Ream get your vote as Bolton Wanderers' 2013/14 Player of the Season? You can cast your vote by using the poll in the right-hand column of the website. Voting will close at 5pm on May 3rd, 2014.

Here are the 11 players eligible for your vote this season.

- Adam Bogdan
- Alex Baptiste
- Andy Lonergan
- Darren Pratley
- Jay Spearing
- Lee Chung-Yong
- Matt Mills
- Medo Kamara
- Neil Danns
- Tim Ream
- Zat Knight

Previous winners of the Burnden Aces Player of the Season award are as follows:

2013 - Jay Spearing
2012 - Nigel Reo-Coker
2011 - Stuart Holden
2010 - Lee Chung-Yong
2009 - Kevin Davies
2008 - Kevin Davies
2007 - Jussi Jaaskelainen
2006 - Kevin Nolan

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