Reading hammered Cardiff 3-0 at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon in what was a really impressive display from Jose Gomes’ side.
The Royals were in control for large parts and two goals from George Puscas in the first-half gave them a commanding lead at the break before John Swift sealed the win late on.
Whilst there were many standout individuals, arguably the best player on the pitch was summer signing Ovie Ejaria.
The classy midfielder spent the last six months of last season on loan with the Royals and rejoined on deadline day in what was a coup for the Championship side.
And, he showed why today. Ejaria helped dictate the tempo with his passing range and he also carried the ball into the final third with several eye-catching runs from deep.
It was a very assured display from the 21-year-old and his role in the victory delighted the fans who took to Twitter to praise the former Liverpool man…
Ovie Ejaria has so much sauce he might drown in it #readingfc
— Hendo (@JoeHenderson__) August 18, 2019
Think today showed exactly why I was so keen to get Ejaria back and gutted when I thought we lost out to Brentford. He was a class above in the middle today . His feet are ridiculous. Top player top performance💥 can’t believe we are buying him for £3 mill next summer! #readingfc
— Dean Bennett (@DeanBennett1993) August 18, 2019
Still believe Ejaria was MOTM for me. His ball retention is something quite incredible. Glides along the pitch like silk. A joy to watch and he isn’t even match fit 🤯 Going to be such a crowd pleaser all season. Some guy 💙 #ReadingFC
— LordCKS (@LordCKS) August 18, 2019
Ejaria played at a level above this league. Composed. Authoritative. Forward looking. The rising tide lifts the smallest boat and swift and others can only improve. Great for the team. #readingfc
— george h bone (@georgehbone1) August 18, 2019
What a performance from everyone today! Class game! Ejaria is absolutely levels above #readingfc
— vitooo (@v1to__) August 18, 2019
Well that was fun, Ejaria ran the show, excited to see these players gel even more as the season goes on… #Readingfc
— Ben Greenwood (@benjaminGfilms) August 18, 2019
Ovie Ejaria is one of the greatest players on the planet #ReadingFC
— Joe (@JoeRFC_) August 18, 2019