UK time is: 22:09:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Coppell Looks to Youngsters

A major moan amongst the Reading faithful has always been the lack of opportunity the Royals youngsters get in the first team.

In recent years, the only academy players to have got anywhere near the first team have been Darius Henderson, Nathan Tyson, Jamie Ashdown and Simon Cox, all of whom have now moved on.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding hte current crop of youngsters and following successful loan spells, this season could be the time for the rising stars to shine.

Robson Hal-Kanu, Alex Pearce, Jem Karacan and Alex Pearce are all looking to break into the first team this term, with Pearce and Henry at the front of the queue.

Royals boss Steve Coppell has admitted he would like to see them make the grade, but has insisted they will only be picked on merit, not as a good will gesture.

He said, 'We have a number of younger players who are not too far away.

'It would be brilliant if one or two of them could make the step and actually play a role, but that has to be based on ability, not on sentiment.

'We will be looking for some of them to make an impact, and we'll have a smaller squad but bigger demands.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Chris Kitley Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 30 2008

Time: 1:10PM

Your Comments

Would be good to see them get a chance, not gonna hold my breath tho.
LoyalyRoyaly
Good luck with the kids, whether it's enough to get you out of the division is a huge ask!
storagematt
I really would like to see a bit of that from Jim Magilton. We have some quality youngsters coming through.
Just-an-Ipswich-fan
What, like Dean Bowditch?! :-o
uroyals
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Reading Articles

Reading 0 - 1 Watford (Saturday December 20 2014)

Key man watch: Troy Deeney (Saturday December 20 2014)

Watford (H) Match Preview (Friday December 19 2014)

Team news: Reading vs Watford (Friday December 19 2014)

Midfield duo return to Royals training (Thursday December 18 2014)

Clarke: We can spend in January (Thursday December 18 2014)

Opposition view - West Brom fan on Clarke (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Twitter reaction to Clarke as manager (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Clarke appointment confirmed! (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Archived Reading Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Reading 0 - 1 Watford
Birmingham 6 - 1 Reading
Reading 0 - 0 Bolton
Norwich 1 - 2 Reading
Cardiff 2 - 1 Reading
Reading 0 - 1 Charlton

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Sheff Wed 22 6 10 6 -5 28
15. Birmingham 22 7 7 8 -8 28
16. Bolton 21 7 4 10 -5 25
17. Reading 22 7 4 11 -11 25
18. Leeds Utd 22 6 6 10 -7 24
19. Rotherham 22 5 9 8 -9 24
20. Huddersfield 22 6 6 10 -12 24

Breaking League News

RUFC - Evans 'It Was Always Going To Be Big Game'
Rotherham : 20/12/2014 21:52:00
RUFC - Evans 'Tom Was Stunning Today'
Rotherham : 20/12/2014 21:49:00
RUFC - Evans 'It's A Pleasure To Watch This Team'
Rotherham : 20/12/2014 21:44:00
Wigan : 20/12/2014 21:09:00
Away Win For Millers
Rotherham : 20/12/2014 20:58:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

When fully fit, who would you prefer up front?
Suggested By:  Josh
Glenn Murray 49%
Pavel Pogrebnyak 15%
Neither - buy a new striker in January 36%