Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

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Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Simmops » 06 May 2020 06:54

Somebody who is there and always put a shift in but never got a mention, but always performed relatively decent. Somebody like a Matt Holland of Ipswich and Charlton or Carrick...

I will go for Gunnarson, Andy Hughes, Chris Makin and John Oster.

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Nameless » 06 May 2020 07:59

James Harper or Keith Jones.

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by Notts Royal » 06 May 2020 08:48

Dare I say....Chris Gunter?! Waiting for the meltdown!

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by SCIAG » 06 May 2020 08:56

Oliver Norwood.

Defensive midfielders who have good technique, good positioning and don’t sprint much get accused of being lazy showponies.

Defensive midfielders with poor technique, poor positioning and who run around a lot get praised for doing the dirty work that doesn’t get noticed.

In practice for most of the last decade the lazy showponies have been the ones doing the dirty work. Norwood is the best example.

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by Westwood52 » 06 May 2020 09:41

Probably Yiadom.But does he get the plaudits anyway ? So long ago I can’t remember.
Probably Inga from the promotion side.


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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Forbury Lion » 06 May 2020 09:46

Simmops I will go for Gunnarson, Andy Hughes, Chris Makin and John Oster.
Gunnarson for me doesn't tick the box because he was highly rated by most fans.

Andy Hughes is a good shout, Primarily a central midfielder but at the club he also took on the roles of winger, left back, right back and scape goat. Always put the team first.

The manager had both right backs (or maybe it was left backs) out injured so Hughes put his hand up and said he'd played that position before in his youth for the benefit of the team, knowing full well it wasn't his best position, he was likely not going to have a great game and would get the boo boys on his back.... as it turned out, he wasn't actually that bad.

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Forbury Lion » 06 May 2020 09:47

Ricky Newman

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Simmops » 06 May 2020 09:57

Shaun Cummings was kind of one for me. He was actually good when he played and got a lot of praise.


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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Sanguine » 06 May 2020 10:00

Forbury Lion Ricky Newman


Great shout. A poor man's everyone, who more often than not would put in a 6.5/10 performance. No frills whatsoever, but didn't need them.

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Hendo » 06 May 2020 10:06

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Great shout. A poor man's everyone, who more often than not would put in a 6.5/10 performance. No frills whatsoever, but didn't need them.


+1 for Rooster.

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by SWLR » 06 May 2020 10:09

Richie Bowman

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by Henley Royal 1 » 06 May 2020 10:24

Kevin Watson


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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Hendo » 06 May 2020 10:27

Henley Royal 1 Kevin Watson


Another good shout.

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Old Man Andrews » 06 May 2020 10:42

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Dick Habbin's hairdo » 06 May 2020 11:11

SWLR Richie Bowman


Yup - a real James Milner type. *cough* Tidy, nothing fancy, kept the team ticking - week in, week out.

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Nameless » 06 May 2020 11:12

SCIAG Oliver Norwood.

Defensive midfielders who have good technique, good positioning and don’t sprint much get accused of being lazy showponies.

Defensive midfielders with poor technique, poor positioning and who run around a lot get praised for doing the dirty work that doesn’t get noticed.

In practice for most of the last decade the lazy showponies have been the ones doing the dirty work. Norwood is the best example.


Interesting.
For me Norwood was in the wrong team at the wrong time. He was clearly a good player but his style was at odds with his team mates and the manager. When he left it was disappointing but understandable.

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by oldebiscuit » 06 May 2020 21:09

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Simmops I will go for Gunnarson, Andy Hughes, Chris Makin and John Oster.
Gunnarson for me doesn't tick the box because he was highly rated by most fans.

Andy Hughes is a good shout, Primarily a central midfielder but at the club he also took on the roles of winger, left back, right back and scape goat. Always put the team first.

The manager had both right backs (or maybe it was left backs) out injured so Hughes put his hand up and said he'd played that position before in his youth for the benefit of the team, knowing full well it wasn't his best position, he was likely not going to have a great game and would get the boo boys on his back.... as it turned out, he wasn't actually that bad.


I second that, although there have been many players over the years in the same situation, but I couldn’t be bothered to even begin to rattle off their names.

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by Westwood52 » 06 May 2020 21:27

Simmops Shaun Cummings was kind of one for me. He was actually good when he played and got a lot of praise.


No I saw him at West Brom away.

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Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

by AthleticoSpizz » 06 May 2020 21:30

One game Westwood

I’ll raise you many of the 2011 play off final team too in that case.....


Cummings did ok once he got a drcent run in the team.

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