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Reading’s Leandro Bacuna issues message that will make Jaap Stam think



Reading are fighting a relegation battle in the Championship, six points clear of the bottom three but still in imminent danger of the drop if results don’t improve.

They’re winless in seven games and face a tricky test this evening as they travel to Molineux to face leaders Wolves.

Leandro Bacuna, a summer capture from Aston Villa, has lashed out at his ever-changing role within the side, insisting he wants consistency rather than chopping and changing where he plays.

“For now, I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and try to help the team,” Bacuna told the Reading Chronicle. “To be honest I’m keen to stick to one position but that’s not something we are going to discuss now. We need to go forward and we’ll see what happens next season.”

Curacao international Bacuna has scored twice in 36 outings for the Royals, although his shot was deflected by Eunan O’Kane at the weekend to earn the strugglers a 2-2 draw against Leeds at the Madejski Stadium. The goal was attributed to the Eire midfielder, but Bacuna insists it should have been his goal.

“I shot on goal. It got deflected and went in. It was good play from the left and Sone Aluko switched it over to the right.”

Bacuna has featured in the centre of midfield, in both wing back positions and even on the right flank as Jaap Stam wrestles with his best starting XI. The Reading manager made no secret of how he intended to use Bacuna this season, telling the Birmingham Mail when he arrived: “He is the type of player who can play in several positions in the team – in midfield, at the back, or even sometimes as a winger.”

Bacuna arrived in England in 2013 after making his name at FC Groningen in the Netherlands.

The Verdict

I always find comments such as these are rarely off the cuff or throwaway remarks. Bacuna doesn’t sound entirely happy at the Madejski Stadium and although he’s asserted his commitment to this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t some form of movement in the summer. At just 26-years old he’s still a valuable asset and speaking out publicly about his managers selection is a sure-fire way to find yourself on the move.