“Tim Ream, the American Dream.”
Ream has been named Fulham’s player of the season for the 2017/18 season as his commanding displays from central defensive were a key part of their return to the Premier League via the playoffs.
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Per a release from Fulham, Ream received 61 percent of the vote and finished ahead of teen sensation Ryan Sessegnon.
The USMNT center back has become somewhat of a cult hero at Fulham since arriving from Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2015 and Ream, 30, was pivotal in the Cottagers securing promotion back to the PL after four seasons in the top-flight.
Ream came into his own under Fulham’s Serbian boss Slavisa Jokanovic — who left Ream out of the team when he initially came in — this season and started attacks from the back and could often be seen striding forward into midfield.
A ball-playing center back who made his name at the New York Red Bulls before moving to Bolton in 2012, Ream is renowned for his composure on the ball and his cultured left foot is revered down by the banks of the River Thames.
Per a club statement, Ream had the fifth-highest pass success average in the entire second-tier in 2017/18 at 88.3 percent.
His decision to sign for Fulham over west London rivals QPR back in 2015 was an inspired one and Ream’s possession-based style slots in perfectly with the system and players that Jokanovic has put together.
Ream’s rise to hero status at Craven Cottage allows the Fulhamerica days to continue in the Premier League next season…