Reading is seen as having one of the top academies in English football, something that current vice-chairman John Madejski takes a lot of pride in. The club has produced a lot of young talent over the past few years.
The Royals are seen as a club that often gives their young talent a sufficient chance to shine. Shane Long and Gylfi Sigurdsson are just two players who have gone on to make a big impact at Premier League clubs.
At this present time, the academy is still going strong, with the club maintaining its’ Category One academy status. The construction of a new state of the art training ground in Bearwood will help the club massively in ensuring that this category status is kept for many years to come, despite Financial Fair Play worries.
Due to these Financial Fair Play restrictions, Reading may have to make full use of the academy players next season and use them even more than they did last season.
A number of academy graduates have gone on to make their first team debuts this season, with a lot of these players impressing the supporters at the Madejski Stadium.
Ryan East is just one of those players, who made his first Championship start against Leeds United at home towards the back end of last season. He’s not the only player who has gone on to make his debut this season.
Here are just three of many players who could go on to feature in Jose Gomes’ starting eleven next season.
The 18-year-old forward has already made a good impression on several top teams in Europe after featuring regularly for the Royals in the second half of the 2018/19 season.
Loader only has one year left on his deal and therefore could walk away from Reading next summer for free if he was desperate to join one of the clubs which are interested in him at this moment in time.
In the last away game of the season, Loader scored Reading’s goal of the season. After slowly adapting to the Championship in his first couple of first-team games for the Royals, that goal summed up his end of the season form.
Reading will be praying that they can hold on to the promising England youth international, who’s talent has been known for several years now.
Like Danny Loader, Michael Olise featured several times in the second half of last season.
Not a lot of Reading fans heard about Michael Olise before he was named in the first team squad against Wigan Athletic in March. However, his performances in midfield and on the wing have shown why Jose Gomes has been so impressed with the 17-year-old.
His best performance came against Birmingham City on the final day of the season, where he seemed very comfortable playing along fellow youth graduates Danny Loader, Josh Barrett and central midfielder Andy Rinomhota.
Olise is likely to have the whole of pre-season to make his case to Jose Gomes to be in the first team again next season. If it doesn’t look like he’s going to feature in the first team as much as he would like to next season, he will probably be sent out on loan to gain more experience in the senior English leagues.
He’s one to watch next season.
The Scottish youth international made his debut against Rotherham United at the end of last year, where he was impressive alongside Tyler Blackett in central defence.
McIntyre picked up a facial injury in that game, which disrupted his progress. However, with Tiago Ilori, Paul McShane, Danzell Gravenberch and John O’Shea all leaving in the past six months, McInytre, as well as other young central defenders such as Gabriel Osho and Tom Holmes, will see this as an opportunity to show Gomes what they can do.
With Reading’s FFP situation, he is now being seen as a potential starter alongside Liam Moore next season, with Tyler Blackett featuring as left back more under Gomes.
He’s highly rated and has shown that he’s more than capable of doing a job in the first team next season if he’s needed. The centre back deserves a chance to show what he can do.