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Football League World’s Fulham fan pundit Charles Jones has provided his views on how Bobby Reid has settled into life at Craven Cottage, with the 26-year-old having moved to the west London club on a season-long loan deal from fellow Championship outfit Cardiff City.
Reid has so far found game time hard to come by under the stewardship of Whites boss Scott Parker, with the former Bristol City forward having started just three of his first nine games for the club this season, often being kept out of the side by the form of both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Tom Cairney.
Jones was asked to provide a summarisation of how he felt Reid had gone on at the club so far, to which he replied with an honest assessment:
“Bobby Reid started quite slowly this season in my opinion, but I can’t say that I blame him too much for that.
“He arrived late on deadline day, and it will have understandably taken him a little while to adjust to our possession-based style of play, especially after spending the last 12 months playing under Neil Warnock.
“He seems to have come into his own in recent weeks as he looked a constant threat against Charlton and was arguably our best player against Reading.
“If he continues the form he has shown in our last couple of fixtures he’ll certainly be a key player for us.”
The Fulham fan pundit was then asked if he felt Reid deserved to be starting more games, to which he responded by saying:
“This is a real tough one.
“He’s undoubtedly a fantastic player as shown by the 19 goals he scored in his last Championship season with Bristol City.
“He’s a bit too attack-minded to swap him with Stefan Johansen in the midfield, and it’s hard to make a case for changing our front three just because of how good they all are.
“I think that Reid’s role of being a backup to all of our attacking options is probably the best way to utilise him at the moment, but that could change if he continues to make an impact when he comes on.”
Last but not least, Jones gave a prediction on how Reid’s season could pan out:
“I don’t necessarily think he’ll hit 20 goals this season as we’ve got so many players in our squad who can find the net, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got into double figures.”
One thing’s for sure, if our fan pundit’s premonition is to come true, Reid will need to make the most of the limited game time he is getting at present, with both Cairney and Mitrovic showing no signs of slowing in terms of creative momentum.