Reading FC might have had a season to forget on the whole, with the Royals only retaining their Championship status on the penultimate day of the Championship season.
But under Jose Gomes, there has been belief reinstalled back into both the players and the Madejski Stadium faithful, who will be itching for their 2019/2020 season to get underway.
The newly appointed boss has transformed the club on and off the pitch, and the feel-good factor at Reading is a complete contrast to what is was whilst Paul Clement and Ron Gourlay were at the club.
With a number of loanees returning to their parent clubs, we’re certainly in for an interesting summer in Berkshire, with Gomes likely to give a number of young players a chance.
He’s already shown that he’s willing to do that with the likes of Josh Barrett, Danny Loader and Michael Olise all being given a chance.
The trio all started the final game of the season in an attacking front three against Birmingham, and caused the Blues a number of problems throughout the match.
Olise’s performances this season have certainly caught the eye, with his pace and trickery out wide proving to be an opposition full-back’s nightmare.
He gave Birmingham’s Kristian Pederson the run around in the last game of this year’s league campaign, and his performance can be likened to that of Tarique Fosu’s against Derby a number of years ago.
A young talent who eventually moved to Charlton, Fosu displayed similar qualities to Olise, and Jose Gomes will surely be impressed with what he has seen from the 17-year-old.
He’s a raw talent who evidently can go far in the professional game if recent performances are anything to go by.
With Reading unlikely to make any high-profile signings due to the FFP restrictions in place at the club, Olise looks as though he’s definitely going to be a player that could be a regular in the Reading side for next season.
He’s certainly a player to keep an eye on, who could light up the Championship next season.