Made more interceptions and more tackles than any other Reading player last season and blocked more crosses than any other defender in the league.
For someone who can't cross he has two assists already this season and was one of our top assist makers last season as well.
Ok, I take back that he can't defend, it's just he's never there to do the defending this season, because Gomes doesn't seem to want him in our half.
PS you can get an assist without crossing. Cuts inside and runs into the box way too much. Being one of Reading's top assisters last season isn't a huge achievement.
Yiadom is too cavalier to play under Gomes right now, because Gomes doesn't have a oxf*rd clue how to organise and manage defending, and Yiadom's natural inclination to maraud up the wing needs to be restrained a bit, not actively encouraged.
Yup. His two assists were touches in our own half for the Swift and Puscas breakaway goals against Cardiff.
He rarely crosses the ball and on the odd occasion he does it's after 2 or 3 added touches and just gets blocked, negating the movement Puscas makes in the box. He's a decent player and I really like his energy but he's often every bit a liability defensively as Gunter was and he got absolute pelters for it.
The one thing you could rely on with Gunter was to broadly be in position. He might not do enough when there, backing off etc, but he was there.
Yiadom is far better going forward, more positive in possession and stronger. But that doesn't help if you're 20 yards up the pitch. And he needs to whip some early crosses in from deep sometimes, plus hit the byline occasionally to cross.