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by SCIAG
11 Aug 2018 22:17
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16
Replies: 3396
Views: 475979

Re: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16

Thanks for the write up SCIAG. Be interesting to see whether Barrett gets a loan move in the next few weeks, especially if there were any scouts there today. Suspect he's going to need to get fitter first though. There were a lot of people in suits in the boxes today so suspect lots of clubs were l...
by SCIAG
11 Aug 2018 15:47
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16
Replies: 3396
Views: 475979

Re: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16

Quick ratings: Driscoll 5 - allowed first goal under his body and didn't have much else to do. Howe 5 - got caught out a few times but also rode a few challenges well Holmes 6 - strong and composed but had a tendency to overplay, and got caught up the pitch a few times McIntyre 7 - some really good ...
by SCIAG
02 Aug 2018 21:44
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - George Evans to Derby
Replies: 152
Views: 19438

Re: CONFIMRED - George Evans to Derby

Think we'll look back on this one with regret in a couple of years. Evans is a very talented player who should have been playing every week for us. Meyler might be a better option in the short term, particularly defensively, but Evans has a higher ceiling and was also a good option in defence. Don't...
by SCIAG
30 Jul 2018 17:50
Forum: The Team
Topic: Robin Friday
Replies: 64
Views: 20575

Re: Robin Friday

Like every Reading fan, I have a close personal connection to Robin Friday. I was Robin's Deliveroo driver back in the early 60s. He used to order food from Pizza Express in the Oracle, which I would take on my segway round to Robin's favourite local bars - Zerodegrees, Artigiano, Thirsty Bear, plac...
by SCIAG
30 Jul 2018 17:34
Forum: The Team
Topic: If McDermott hadn't been sacked (the 2nd time)
Replies: 31
Views: 1852

Re: If McDermott hadn't been sacked (the 2nd time)

his summer transfers would have turned out better than Stam's. Seems very unlikely. We'd already signed Gravenberch when we sacked McDermott, so it seems safe to say that he was a Tevreden signing. I think the same is true of the other two undeniable flops, Mendes and Wieser, and I am also inclined...
by SCIAG
26 Jul 2018 11:30
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - Sam Walker
Replies: 89
Views: 7626

Re: CONFIMRED - Sam Walker

Sure. You don't have to be Joe Hart to play for Reading. That's partially why I threw Feds, McCarthy, Hamer, and Ashdown on there. I feel confident comparing Ward and Southwood to Hamer and McCarthy. But I think the comparisons to players at other clubs are the sort we should be making, given their ...
by SCIAG
26 Jul 2018 11:11
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16
Replies: 3396
Views: 475979

Re: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16

That was a real WTF one. Way down the pecking order here and he goes and signs for United.
by SCIAG
26 Jul 2018 11:00
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - Sam Walker
Replies: 89
Views: 7626

Re: CONFIMRED - Sam Walker

It's definitely not clear what exactly the "right" path for players is, sure. There are a lot of variables, players developing at different rates, fine. I still think we're being unnecessarily conservative. Let's take a look at some recent Reading goalkeepers and recent England youth inter...
by SCIAG
26 Jul 2018 10:03
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16
Replies: 3396
Views: 475979

Re: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16

Some of the goalkeepers we've had since McCarthy who were on the fringes: - Simon Locke - now a Southampton goalkeeping coach. The same age as Walker! - Jon Henly - signed for Ipswich after we released him, but never made an appearance and now plays (or doesn't play) for Hemel Hempstead. - Dan Linco...
by SCIAG
26 Jul 2018 09:50
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - Sam Walker
Replies: 89
Views: 7626

Re: CONFIMRED - Sam Walker

Luke Southwood is the only member of England's U20 World Cup winning squad who didn't play at least at Football League level last season. A third of them played in the Premier League or Bundesliga, and 15/23 played at Championship level or higher. We're being ridiculously conservative once again. Ei...
by SCIAG
26 Jul 2018 09:35
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16
Replies: 3396
Views: 475979

Re: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16

Yep, letting Stacey go was just plain stupid. Was Fosu not considered better at the time? I remember football manager quite liking Stacey a few seasons back. Stacey was considered a Right winger not a full back at the club, the path at RW was blocked by quite a few and even if he switched to RB, he...
by SCIAG
24 Jul 2018 17:18
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16
Replies: 3396
Views: 475979

Re: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16

its an interesting one, as one thing we do seem to be churning out at the moment is good young keepers On the keeper front - is it normal that a 16 year old keeper would sign professional terms, and be sent out on loan? https://twitter.com/ReadingFC/status/1021756888973635584 Seems very young to me...
by SCIAG
08 Jul 2018 18:15
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Dwight Pascal
Replies: 11
Views: 2196

Re: Rumour - Dwight Pascal

We'd be crackers not to sign him.
by SCIAG
08 Jul 2018 07:04
Forum: The Team
Topic: Wimbledon
Replies: 42
Views: 4413

Re: Wimbledon

Didn't we look dog shit in our 106 pre-season? I did ask in another thread and I think it was mentioned we might have lost to Farnborough. Now I could get one of the 05/06 programmes out of the attic to confirm but right now I'm not sure. I was there. 1-0. We made nine or ten changes in the second ...
by SCIAG
11 Jun 2018 16:00
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: SPECULATION: Tammy Abraham
Replies: 7
Views: 2679

SPECULATION: Tammy Abraham

We need a striker. We'd rather not spend money. Tammy Abraham scored 23 Championship goals two years ago. Chelsea sent him on loan to Swansea, and after a good start, he fell off quite dramatically and ultimately I think he'd be considered a failure there. Historically, in that situation Chelsea hav...
by SCIAG
23 May 2018 07:45
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - Andy Yiadom
Replies: 177
Views: 29185

Re: CONFIMRED - Andy Yiadom

Sutekh wrote:Out of interest, when is the next AFCON as I presume Andy’s likely to disappear for a month or so to play in it.

Next summer. I'm sure Liverpool fans are very relieved.
by SCIAG
22 May 2018 20:56
Forum: The Team
Topic: 2017/2018 - What went wrong?
Replies: 46
Views: 6196

Re: 2017/2018 - What went wrong?

Excellent post, nice to see somebody using statistics appropriately for a change. Vindicates my long held opinion that Beerens was excellent and freezing him out was a mistake.

However,
Brain Traysers wrote: then prepare to strap in (or ‘on’ if you prefer #nohomo),

:roll:

Shit joke followed up by casual homophobia.
by SCIAG
15 May 2018 00:37
Forum: The Team
Topic: 2017/2018 - What went wrong?
Replies: 46
Views: 6196

Re: 2017/2018 - What went wrong?

Central problem here is that you are using a lot of numbers with no context. For example, you say our full backs weren't making "enough" clearances. How many clearances should a full back make? How many does Kyle Walker make? What about a good full back in a struggling Championship side? A...
by SCIAG
11 May 2018 16:24
Forum: The Team
Topic: Released
Replies: 38
Views: 9390

Re: Released

Jake Sheppard and Conor Davis are also being released while Gabriel Rosario, Kosta Sparta, Harry Philby, Jack Buchanan, Leon Okuboyejo and Joseph Wilson aren't being offered professional deals. No surprises there. Put Philby down as another case of "England selectors are clueless" - Englan...
by SCIAG
11 May 2018 14:28
Forum: The Team
Topic: Building for next season
Replies: 477
Views: 43228

Re: Building for next season

genome wrote:Onuoha released from QPR.

Looked good against us earlier in the season. Absolute tank as well. Worth a go? Wages too high?

A future England international who ran out of future. Very injury prone. I'd be somewhat nervous about taking him on but it could be rewarded.
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