Coyle hails hero Holden
Owen Coyle has tipped Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden to be a key player in the remainder of the season.
Last Updated: 13/12/10 4:08pm
Owen Coyle has tipped Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden to be a key player for the Trotters in the remainder of the season.
Holden returned to the Reebok Stadium side after missing two games through injury and scored the 88th-minute winner for his team in Sunday's victory over Blackburn.
The 25-year-old has proved to be a shrewd bit of business for manager Coyle, who picked up the midfielder last January on a free transfer.
Holden suffered a broken leg toward the end of last season, destroying all hope of what looked like a starting place in the World Cup for the USA.
Now back to full fitness, Coyle sees the player going from strength to strength for the Trotters.
"I got Stuart for nothing in January but he had a leg break and missed two months of the season and the World Cup," said Coyle.
"I believe had Stuart played in those two months he would probably have started in the World Cup for America and gone on from where he is now.
"We've missed Stuart in the last two games because he just gets better. He showed a real quality and he has got a real tenacity to go with it."