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Reading Get Win In Spain
17 July 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading followed up a 0-0 morning draw with Malaga B to beat second tier Spanish side Extremadura in the evening. Danny Loader scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the second half after winning the penalty following a tricky run into the box. Reading used the second half of their squad out in Spain after the morning game, but some players from the morning also got extra game time as substitutes. Walker impressed in goal making some vital saves to enable the Royals to pick up their second clean sheet of the game. Yiadom was back in action after returning from International duty, while Howe and McIntryre also made further starts for Reading in defence.
Virginia Makes Debut In Malaga B Draw
16 July 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Goalkeeper Joao Virginia, who signed on a season long loan from Everton last week, made his debut as a Reading side drew 0-0 with Malaga B this morning. Virginia was reported as making some saves as he kept a clean sheet during his first game for his new side. Against Malaga's B team, a fourth tier Spanish league side, the Royals effectively also fielded their B team with some exceptions. The Reading side did feature John Swift and Sam Baldock. Omar Richards also played in an eleven that also included Watson, Odimayo, Osho, Boadu, East, Frost and
The other half of Reading's squad are due to play second tier Extremadura UD this evening.
Virginia remains Reading's only incoming player so far this summer, but Gomes is reporting to be looking at other players that he can bring in on season long loans in order to avoid transfer fees and long term wage bills. One player that Gomes is reported to be interested in is Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu after Chelsea managed Frank Lampard confirmed that Ampadu will be going out on loan this season. Welsh International defender Ampadu may well attract interested from other Championship clubs so it will be interesting if Gomes can tempt him to Berkshire.
Spanish Pre-Season Friendlies Continue
15 July 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading will face Malaga B and Extremadura UD next in their pre-season build up in Spain. The Royals will play both sides in friendlies on Tuesday with half the team playing Malaga B in the morning and the second half of the squad lining up against Extremadura. Malaga B and in the fourth tier of Spanish football with Extremadura, who Reading will play in the evening with a 18:30 kick-off, in the second tier.
The games follow Reading's 1-2 friendly defeat against Sevilla on Saturday evening. After no goals in the first half Novakovich put the Royals ahead before a penalty was scored by the home side with three quarters of the game played. Sevilla then went on to score a late winner.
Reading did well against a strong Sevilla side and again chose to play two different teams in each half, with the second half dedicated to younger members of the squad and those yet to make a real impression on the Reading starting eleven. The first half saw Walker in goal with Moore, McIntyre, Blackett and Howe in defence. Rinomhota, Swift, Olise, Barrow, Loader and Meite made up the rest of the team. The main talking point of the first half was assistant manager Jorge Mendonca getting sent off after protesting to the referee about the treatment of Danny Loader who was subject to some heavy challenges. In the second half Reading's team included Andresson, Watson, Osho, Richards, East, Holsgrove, Frost, Baldock, and Novakovich.
Novakovich was also on the score sheet last week in Reading's 10-0 friendly win over Gibraltar United.
Meanwhile, Reading fans are still waiting to hear if any further players will be added to the squad before the new season. We look set to rely on a much smaller squad with younger players needing to have an impact after the departure of several experienced players. As a result Reading remain one of the favourites for relegation next season, however if Gomes can carry the form through it might be worth betting against - try some lucky 31 tips.
Nelson Oliveira now seems unlikely to sign for Reading after his release by Norwich City. Oliveira had been a strong possibility signing after training with Reading throughout the summer. That followed a successful loan spell at the end of the last season. Instead it is being reported he is set to sign for Greek side AEK Athens.
Bodvarsson Leaves For Millwall
12 July 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading's mission to reduce the squad, reduce the wages and also get some much needed money into the club continued today with the sale of Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to Championship side Millwall. Bodvarsson had a year left to run on his contract with the Royals after signing from Wolves in the summer of 2017, and the club took the decision to cash in while there was still some value left in the player. It is reported that the Royals received 750,000 pounds from the sale of Bodvarsson - a significant amount of money as we fight financial issues.
Bodvarsson's time at Reading was hampered by injury and not always being given a place in the starting eleven. Out of his 56 appearances for the Royals 25 were from the bench - but he still came up with the goods. When he did get minutes on the pitch he worked hard, impressed, and scored goals - a total of 17 during his time at the club. Reading fans will be sorry to see him leave.
The first team squad is already much smaller with a long list of players that have already left this summer and just the one incoming loan signing so far. The departing players list is still expected to grow before the new season kicks-off next month:
- Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)
- Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)
- Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)
- Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)
- Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)
- Danzell Gravenberch (released)
- Paul McShane (released)
- John O'Shea (retired)
- Callum Harriott (released)
- George Legg (released)
- Matt Miazga (end of loan)
- Lewis Baker (end of loan)
- Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)