Coyle: Jussi has helped Bogdan

As Jaaskelainen nears a full recovery from the thigh problem

that has kept him out of action since New Year’s Eve, performances

are becoming more important for Bogdan.

To that end, he could not have done much more in Saturday’s 3-0

defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

In addition to a tremendous penalty save to deny Wayne Rooney,

Bogdan also turned away a couple of Danny Welbeck efforts, in

addition to one from Nani.

Coyle admitted when Jaaskelainen does return, possibly against

Liverpool next Saturday, he faces a tricky selection dilemma.

And for that, he feels the 36-year-old veteran of almost 500

league appearances for the Trotters deserves much of the


“How Adam has done in this run of games shows he is destined for

a huge career,” said Coyle.

“A lot of that credit has to go to Jussi.

“He has helped to develop him. He has worked with him every day

and ensured he reaches the same level he trains at.

“We are fortunate in that respect because it means we have two

terrific goalkeepers.”

Bogdan is still only 24 despite having been with Bolton for four

and a half seasons.

It does appear he is starting to fulfil the promise that

persuaded Sammy Lee to bring the Budapest-born player to the


Bogdan’s talent has not gone unrecognised in his homeland and he

won his first senior cap in June.

And, in responding so well to conceding a 92-yard goal to

Everton’s Tim Howard recently, Bogdan has shown he has the mental

strength to go with his ability.

“That was a freak goal,” Coyle said of Howard’s effort.

“A gust of wind took it.

“It was nothing to do with confidence. Actually, Adam was

terrific at Everton.

“He is destined for a huge career and is relishing the

opportunities he is getting at the moment.”

Coyle was able to pick other positives to take out of Bolton’s

latest defeat, including the outstanding effort of midfielder Mark


However, with Gary Cahill’s £7million move to Chelsea

almost complete, it is clear money needs to be reinvested in his

squad if Bolton are to succeed in their survival quest.

USA defender Tim Ream’s transfer from New York Red Bulls is

expected to be tied up early next week, providing a work permit is

granted, and Coyle has his eye on other targets as well.

“We would love to get a few players in to bolster us for the

second half of the season and make sure we remain in the Premier

League,” he said.

“But if we don’t, this group we have is good enough to stay


“That is the aim because if we are able to do that, Bolton will

be in the best position we have been in for many years to develop

our football club.”