On-loan Reading defender Matt Miazga has said he’s ready to ‘take the next step’ in his career, after four-straight seasons spent out on-loan.
The American defender is property of Chelsea, but in five years at the club he’s only made two appearances in the Premier League. Instead he became one of the many players in the Chelsea set-up that seem to go out on-loan every season, and this time round he joined Reading.
He spent the second-half of the last campaign at the Madejski and rejoined in the summer on a season-long deal. He’s so far made 18 Championship appearances, admittedly struggling with injury, but proving a hit with fans nonetheless.
Speaking in the Official MLS Podcast, the 24-year-old outlined his season expectations with the Royals:
“My aim at the start of the season was to come back to Reading and try and help them get promoted, and then see what happens.
“But now there’s a pause in the league so we don’t really know what’s going to happen with my future. But at the end of the day I’m open to everything.”
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In his five years with Chelsea, Miazga has spent time on-loan at Dutch side Vitesse, French outfit Nantes and now Reading. It’s an eclectic collection of loan deals and with two years remaining on his Chelsea contract, he could yet face even more loan-spells.
But the USA international has said that ‘he’s a bit older’ now, and would prefer to find a permanent home:
“Now I’ve got my missus with me so as I get older I’m trying to settle down and take the next step and then we’ll see what happens.
“I feel like this season was the decider of it all because there are only nine games left and if we could make the play-offs and get promoted that would have been great and I still believe we can do that.”
Reading currently sit in 14th-placed of the Championship table, eight points off the top-six. Mark Bowen has galvanised this Reading side and at times, they’ve looked every bit a top-six contender.
The only issue with Miazga joining Reading permanently will be wages. Obviously, with football up in the air, clubs’ finances are too, and Reading may not be able to afford Miazga’s wages come the time. Alternatively, the price of players could plummet as teams lose income.
Miazga’s suited to life at the Madejski, and he’s become a well-liked pro amongst fans – they’d be more than happy to see him stay.