Coyle: I love players like Miyaichi

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle believes Ryo Miyaichi has a bright future after the Japan winger's first goal in English football inspired a 2-0 win against Millwall in the FA Cup fifth round.

Miyaichi made his first start for Bolton and he quickly silenced the home supporters with a superb individual goal in the fourth minute yesterday.

Sam Ricketts lofted a quick free-kick towards Miyaichi and the 19-year-old, who joined Wanderers on loan from Arsenal in January, showed great pace and desire to surge away from Millwall defender Alan Dunne before driving a shot high past goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.

It was the perfect way for Miyaichi to announce his arrival at Bolton in just his second match for the club and Coyle is confident it won't be the last time he steals the spotlight. "His second-half performance against Wigan last week was terrific, and from that moment there was no doubt he was going to start today," he said.

I spoke to Arsene [Wenger] a few times about him and did everything I could to get him to the football club.
Owen Coyle on Ryo Miyaichi

"He showed what a talent he is. There's other stuff he can learn, but he's brave and tough - he stood up to some of the treatment he got today - and he always plays with a smile on his face, which I absolutely love."

Coyle revealed he has been a long-term admirer of Miyaichi and was determined to bring him in on loan from Arsenal, even though the teenager has so far made only two substitute appearances for the Gunners.

"First and foremost I am a football fan and I want to be excited by some of the players I've got in my team, and Ryo Miyaichi certainly does that," he said.

"In football terms he is a baby, a kid. I saw when Arsenal brought him in and then watched him on loan at Feyenoord last year, and he always caught my eye. I spoke to Arsene [Wenger] a few times about him and did everything I could to get him to the football club."