As the winter season starts to fall upon us here in the States, it will also fall upon those who support those clubs in Europe as well as those American players who got training stints courtesy of Jurgen Klinsmann or on their own.
One of those players that is in England at the moment is New York Red Bulls center back Tim Ream who made two stops at West Bromwich Albion and then to Bolton Wanderers. Already finished with West Brom, Ream has moved on to his next stint at Bolton.
But something caught the eye of manager Roy Hodgson that would like to keep the young American center back for a certain period of time through a loan deal. “He has done very well. He has made a good impression on everybody and we think he’s going to be a good player.”
While Ream had a stellar rookie season and has admitted to the local press that his sophomore slump brought him down this past season, there is still plenty of quality coming from Ream that he can improve on his form and be that solid center back that caught the eye of Bob Bradley, before Klinsmann took over the National Team.
Since his 2010 Super Draft, Tim Ream has been a good defender for the New York Red Bulls, tracking back and clearing balls from the net. Especially those two attempts this past season at the Home Depot Center just on the goal line and at Red Bull Arena early in the first half against DC United.
Sadly in his second season he’s had two bad clearances to his opponents that were converted for goals, when they visited the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. It was a bad tap that gave the Union a free shot and scored the only goal in the match, then the home game at Red Bull Arena late in the season against Real Salt Lake.
But just as you weigh the good with the bad, I still believe that Tim Ream is capable to play in the English Premier League, but I believe the timing of this loan deal is a bit early. Only a professional after two seasons in Major League Soccer, I believe he needs another season or two to stay and help the Red Bulls attempt to win a title.
While I believe Hodgson would be a good manager for Ream to get through a tough Premiership season, I’m not sure if he can handle it and might get overwhelmed very quickly. But to be fair on Ream he has adapted himself very well to MLS and showed to have a strong personality to handle what comes his way.
He has stood up many times when things go right and when things go wrong. He has handled himself well when the Rafa Marquez incident popped up where Marquez described Ream’s play as “infantile mistakes”. But once again this opportunity is up to the Red Bulls if they wish to allow the loan to go through.
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