Coyle runs rule over teen duo
Owen Coyle has challenged young forward Danny Ward to force himself into Bolton's first-team plans.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 06/07/10 2:28pm
Bolton boss Owen Coyle has challenged young forward Danny Ward to force himself into his first-team plans.
The 18-year-old has attracted a host of admirers following a successful loan spell last season at Swindon, who reached the League One play-off final.
Coyle is therefore keen to see what all the fuss is about and has opened the door for Ward to show he is worthy of being in contention for regular Premier League football next season.
Ward will travel with Wanderers on their pre-season tour to America, during which Coyle will run the rule over the youngster.
"I am going to have a right good look at him, which is only fair," he told the Bolton Evening News.
"He did very well at Swindon last year and there has been about 10 enquiries for Danny to go out on loan again.
"What I have said to them all is that I am going to have a look at Danny to see if he is going to be involved in my first team. Having made that decision, I will take it from there.
"I want young players in my team and Danny has got an opportunity to do that. Ultimately, it's up to him how well he does."
Coyle will also assess 18-year-old Bolivian Gilbert Alvarez during the USA trip.
The Callejas striker has been invited to join up with the Bolton squad and is set to feature in some of their pre-season games.
"He is talented and young," said Coyle.
"I am always loathed to speak about these players because, at the end of the day, we are not Real Madrid or Barcelona, so bigger clubs can come in and undo all your good work.
"But it's fair to say we have an interest in him. He has represented Bolivia already at senior international level and he is a talented player that I like. He has a bit of everything.
"Hopefully, if we can get a chance to work with him for 10 days or so on a daily basis, then we can see if he is at the level we think he is."