Reading were beaten by top of the table West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night despite going ahead in the fixture.
The Royals produced a fighting display but in the end Slaven Bilic’s side showed their quality to come away from the Madejski Stadium with the three points.
Pele was impressive once again in central midfield and earned the majority of the plaudits from supporters of the club.
He was excellent in all areas of his game and was unfortunate not to have completed the full 90 minutes. Despite having a duty to defend throughout, he was influential when going forward and made a number of key dribbles.
As shown above, Pele achieved a dribble success rate of 100%–showing how effective he was when the ball was at his feet.
He is currently on loan at the Royals from French side AS Monaco and Reading are yet to confirm whether they’ll be looking to make his move permanent in the summer.
Defensively he was impressive, having success with 75% of his tackles. A fine statistic when coming up against some of the best creative players in the league, with West Brom utilising Matheus Periera, Filip Krovinovic and Callum Robinson on Wednesday night.
Pele was extremely effective in the air as well, the 1.82m midfielder had a 100% success rate in his aerial duels against the Baggies.
Since Mark Bowen has taken over, Reading have chosen to take the more direct approach in their play but Pele still achieved an impressive pass success rate of 82%. Alongside this, he made 51 touches in the loss to West Brom and seemed to be everywhere throughout the match.
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Reading are currently stumbling around mid-table and haven’t won in their last seven league games. They are into the fifth round of the FA Cup and that could be where Pele could get his chance to perform on the big stage. The Royals will play Premier League side Sheffield United for the chance to be in the quarter-final.
Wednesday night’s game seems likely to be easily forgotten by Reading fans, as another time they couldn’t quite secure a result under Bowen, but the performance of Pele was certainly something that deserves recognition.