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It was certainly a frantic end to the summer transfer window at the Madejski Stadium, with a number of players being signed by Jose Gomes’ side as they looked to strengthen their squad for the 2019/20 season.
Their final signing on Deadline Day was Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria, who arrived on a season-long loan deal, to make it his second successive spell in Berkshire.
It was also revealed that Reading have an obligation to make his loan deal a permanent one at the end of the season, for a fee believed to be in the region of just £3m.
Ejaria had already shown in the 2018/19 season that he is a player that can unlock opposition defences with relative ease, and supporters were delighted to see him arrive back at the club for another loan spell with the Royals.
The 21-year-old has definitely hit the ground running in this year’s league campaign under Jose Gomes, with the midfielder already having two goals to his name this term.
He makes the game look easy, and his trickery on the ball make him a real threat going forward for the Royals in the Championship this season.
So, Reading won’t have a problem in paying the £3m to Liverpool at the end of the season, and it seems as though Liverpool have made a slight error in judgement by letting the midfielder go for such a cheap fee.
The Royals have looked void of any creativity going forward in the past, but Ejaria is showing that he is exactly the type of player that the Madejski Stadium have been crying out for in recent years.
It could be an interesting season for Reading, and they could be slight outsiders to challenge for a top-six finish, especially if their summer signings can continue to impress this term.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise if it took a season for this team to find some consistency, but if they can do that, then they’ll be a real threat if they can keep hold of their key players.
Liverpool might not be regretting selling Ejaria in the summer, but if he continues to impress with the Royals, then they’ll almost certainly be regretting letting the midfielder leave the club for such a low fee at the end of this year’s campaign.
Only time will tell of course, but he’s already showing promising signs for the Royals.