Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Reading https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/reading Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:32:29 +1000 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia excited about Reading move]]> <p>Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia is excited about his move to Reading.</p><p>Virginia and he is confident he can impress during his loan spell in the Championship.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/everton-goalkeeper-joao-virginia-excited-about-reading-move-4288795?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia is excited about his move to Reading.

Virginia and he is confident he can impress during his loan spell in the Championship.

"The manager and I spoke before, he trusts in me and he convinced me to come here. I can't wait to get started," Virginia said after completing his loan.

"I don't think the age counts. If you see me play, you won't recognise my age. When you see the quality and the work I put into my game, that's all that matters."

He added: "I want to improve as a keeper, and confirm my place as a senior player. Playing in the Championship with a big club like Reading will definitely help.

"As a keeper, you need to be confident, to be worthy of the trust of your teammates.

"That's what I'll bring to the team. I'm up to the challenge."

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Watford welcome 5 signings - including son of gun]]> <p>Watford have signed five players to their Under-23 squad.</p><p>Striker Sam Dalby, winger Joseph Hungbo, midfielder Henry Wise and full-backs Jamal Balogun and Cameron Green have all joined the Hornets' development squad ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-watford-welcome-5-signings-including-son-of-gun-4288672?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Watford have signed five players to their Under-23 squad.

Striker Sam Dalby, winger Joseph Hungbo, midfielder Henry Wise and full-backs Jamal Balogun and Cameron Green have all joined the Hornets' development squad ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Dalby has moved from Leeds United, Hungbo was released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season, says the Watford Observer.

Wise, the son of former England international Dennis, left Derby County in March by what the Rams described as "mutual agreement", having mainly featured for the Under-18s during his time at Pride Park.

Hungbo and Wise have both signed one-year deals, as have fellow 19-year-old Balogun and Green, 20; the two defenders having moved from Reading.

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Reading sign Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia]]> <p>Reading have signed goalkeeper Joao Virginia on a season-long loan from Premier League side Everton.</p><p>The 19-year-old joined Everton from Arsenal in the summer of 2018 and helped their Under-23s side win the double in his debut season at the club.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-reading-sign-everton-goalkeeper-joao-virginia-4288544?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Reading have signed goalkeeper Joao Virginia on a season-long loan from Premier League side Everton.

The 19-year-old joined Everton from Arsenal in the summer of 2018 and helped their Under-23s side win the double in his debut season at the club.

Prior to joining the Toffees, Virginia helped Portugal to victory in the 2018 European Under-19 Championship.

After starting his career with Benfica, he was also part of Portugal's squad at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

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<![CDATA[Reading move for Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia]]> <p>Reading are eyeing Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia.</p><p><a href="https://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/reading-fc-close-making-joao-16537813">Getreading</a> reports Virginia is nearing a loan move to Reading.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/reading-move-for-everton-goalkeeper-joao-virginia-4287697?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Reading are eyeing Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia.

Getreading reports Virginia is nearing a loan move to Reading.

The 19-year-old impressed for Everton's Under-23s last year as they won the Premier League 2 title, and looks set to depart temporarily following the arrival of Jonas Lossl at Goodison Park.

The Portugal youth international could even feature for the Royals in their behind-closed-doors friendly against Southend United tomorrow.

Sam Walker is currently Reading's only senior shot-stopper in the books.

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<![CDATA[Arsenal secure three youngsters to new deals]]> <p>Arsenal have secured three youngsters to new deals.</p><p>Ben Cottrell, James Hillson and Joel Lopez have been rewarded with their first professional contracts for the club.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-secure-three-youngsters-to-new-deals-4287361?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal have secured three youngsters to new deals.

Ben Cottrell, James Hillson and Joel Lopez have been rewarded with their first professional contracts for the club.

Arsenal under-18s were crowned champions of the U-18 Premier League South last term, with Cottrell and Lopez playing integral roles, while Hillson signed on loan during the season.

Cottrell is a young attacking midfielder and an Arsenal Academy graduate, who scored five and assisted three in 21 league appearances last season.

Hillson is an 18-year-old goalkeeper who joined the club on an initial loan deal from Reading in February 2019.

Lopez joined as a scholar in July 2018 from Barcelona. The 17-year-old left-back is a product of Barcelona's La Masia academy.

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<![CDATA[Loan Review: Rating each Arsenal loanee for the 2018/19 season]]> <p>With the 2018/19 season officially over, we here at Tribalfootball are making sure you know all about how your loan players performed throughout the campaign. For this edition, we run our eye over Arsenal's loanees.</p><p><br></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/loan-review-rating-each-arsenal-loanee-for-the-2018-19-season-4286181?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> With the 2018/19 season officially over, we here at Tribalfootball are making sure you know all about how your loan players performed throughout the campaign. For this edition, we run our eye over Arsenal's loanees.


TOP 3 PERFORMERS

1. Reiss Nelson, (Season-Long Loan) TSG Hoffenheim

Age: 19

Position: Winger

It was a breakout season for the young attacker, who in his first ever loan spell reacted positively to a change of environment in Germany. Nelson played mainly as an impact player off the bench, with 24 out of his 29 appearances being as a substitute. Nonetheless, his presence was felt as the teenager registered 7 goals and 1 assist, as well as important involvements in the Bundesliga and Champions League. The youngster operated at a brilliant 86.3% pass accuracy, registered an impressive 20 key passes, averaged 0.9 successful dribbles per game and 0.9 shots per game. Overall it was an impressive season for the youngster, who showed glimpses of greatness and certainly has the potential to improve into a top player.

Rating: 7.5/10


2. Krystian Bielik, (Season-Long Loan) Charlton Athletic

Age: 21

Position: Centre-Back / Defensive Midfield

It was a season of success for Arsenal's Polish centre-back in his third loan spell at the Gunners. Bielik was a crucial cog in Lee Bowyer's Charlton Athletic side that achieved promotion in dramatic fashion in the League One Playoff final. Playing at Centre-Back but more predominantly employed in defensive midfield, Bielik was a mainstay making 34 appearances for the Addicks. In these games he scored 4 goals and recorded 2 assists, as well as being a part of 13 clean sheets in the Charlton side that had the second best defensive record in the League. Overall an encouraging season for the Pole who will look to make an impression at his parent club over the summer.

Rating: 7/10


3. Calum Chambers, (Season-Long Loan) Fulham

Age: 24

Position: Centre-Back / Defensive Midfield

While it might have been a dismal result at club level with Fulham relegated in their first season back in the top division, it was a somewhat more encouraging season for Arsenal fringe man Calum Chambers. Chambers made a total of 34 appearances for the Lilywhites, scoring 2 goals in the Premier League from defensive midfield. The defender averaged 2.2 interceptions per game (11th in the Premier League), 2.1 tackles per game, made 107 clearances, won 64 aerial duels and made 43 blocks. However, these stats are marred by Fulham's defensive record, a side that conceded 81 goals making them the most porous defense in the Premier League. It will be interesting to see if Chambers can finally cement himself at the Emirates or whether he will be loaned out again to another Premier League side.

Rating: 5.5/10


FULL LIST OF OTHER ARSENAL LOANEES + RANKINGS

MATURE AGE LOANEES

David Ospina, (Season-Long Loan) SSC Napoli

Age: 30

Position: Goalkeeper

The Colombian No.1 shared the goalkeeping load with fellow loanees Alex Meret and Orestis Karnezis, playing a total of 24 matches for the Italian outfit (including all 6 Champions League matches). In these matches he conceded 25 goals and kept 8 clean sheets. However, it looks like Ospina will be sold to Napoli this summer.

Rating: 5/10


Takuma Asano, (Season-Long Loan) Hannover 96

Age: 24

Position: Second Striker

The Japanese international did not excel in his second successive loan spell in Germany. This time with Hannover, Asano made only 15 appearances (13 in the Bundesliga) and his solitary goal and assist came in a 6-0 drubbing of a third division side in the Cup.

Rating: 3.5/10


Matt Macey, (Season-Long Loan) Plymouth

Age: 24

Position: Goalkeeper

In his first full-season on loan from the Gunners, Matt Macey didn't exactly steal the headlines. Playing in the depths of the third division, Macey was Plymouth's number 1 for the majority of the season. Playing a total of 38 matches between the sticks, he conceded a whopping 70 goals and only kept a measly 5 clean sheets.

Rating: 3/10


Emiliano Martinez, (Six-Month Loan) Reading

Age: 26

Position: Goalkeeper

In his sixth loan spell, the Arsenal reserve goalkeeper did an adequate job in the Championship in the second half of the season. In his 18 matches at the club he played every single minute between the sticks, where he conceded 23 goals and kept 5 clean sheets. Nothing outstanding but once again he proved his reliability.

Rating: 5/10


YOUTH PROSPECTS (U23)

Emile Smith Rowe, (Six-Month Loan) RB Leipzig

Age: 18

Position: Left-Midfield

Following in the footsteps of teammate Reiss Nelson didn't go quite as planned for the young attacking prospect. Although Rowe excelled in the first half of the season with his parent club, (making debut appearances and scoring goals in the Europa League and EFL Cup) his form didn't carry on into Germany. Joining RB Leipzig for the second-half of the season, Rowe only played a total of 26 minutes in his 3 appearances for the club.

Rating: 3/10


Kelechi Nwakali, (Six-Month Loan) FC Porto B

Age: 21

Position: Attacking Midfield

The young Nigerian struggled to take control of the Portuguese Second Division where he only made 16 appearances across the season. He scored 0 goals and created 0 assists.

Rating: 3/10

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<![CDATA[Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria wanted back at Reading]]> <p>Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria is set to be on the move in the coming days.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-transfers-coutinho-dembele-targett-16439032">Reading Chronicle</a> says Reading are in 'pole position' to bring back Liverpool midfielder Ejaria.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/liverpool-midfielder-ovie-ejaria-wanted-back-at-reading-4285429?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria is set to be on the move in the coming days.

The Reading Chronicle says Reading are in 'pole position' to bring back Liverpool midfielder Ejaria.

Ejaria became a fans favourite after a spell with the Londoners last season.

He made 16 appearances after cutting short his spell with Steven Gerrard's Rangers.

The midfielder is not expected to feature in Jurgen Klopp's plans this term.

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<![CDATA[OFK coach Burchnall expects offers for Leeds, Forest target Aiesh]]> <p>Ostersunds coach Ian Burchnall expects offers to arrive for Hosam Aiesh.</p><p>The midfielder was scouted a fortnight ago by Leeds United and is also interesting Nottingham Forest and Reading.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ofk-coach-burchnall-expects-offers-for-leeds-forest-target-aiesh-4285293?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Ostersunds coach Ian Burchnall expects offers to arrive for Hosam Aiesh.

The midfielder was scouted a fortnight ago by Leeds United and is also interesting Nottingham Forest and Reading.

"He comes back today, so it has nothing to do with the rumours of other clubs. But interest is of course increasing," said the Englishman.

"I expect to hear from several big clubs in the coming weeks."

Dino Islamovic is also interesting Leeds this summer.

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<![CDATA[Reading fullback Gunter: Grounded James can handle Man Utd move]]> <p>Reading fullback Chris Gunter says Daniel James can handle his move to Manchester United.</p><p>James will complete his transfer from Swansea City after this round of Euro qualifiers with Wales.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/reading-fullback-gunter-grounded-james-can-handle-man-utd-move-4284410?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Reading fullback Chris Gunter says Daniel James can handle his move to Manchester United.

James will complete his transfer from Swansea City after this round of Euro qualifiers with Wales.

Wales teammate Gunter said: "I think one of the biggest strengths he has is his character and temperament.

"Now he's moving to such a big club, his life changes in terms of being in the spotlight more and things he has to deal with.

"He's very grounded and he'll take everything in his stride. I don't think he'll be changing too much as a person."

He continued: "If you get too close to him he can spin in behind. If you give him the space and try to protect that then he can pick the ball up and cause damage running at you.

"He's learning how to mix his game up more and different tests he's facing. His improvement and development has been phenomenal, really.

"Making the move that will continue to grow. As a team-mate that is a good thing, and not having to face him in the Championship."

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<![CDATA[Arsenal boss Emery makes Martinez call]]> <p>Arsenal boss Unai Emery is ready to hold onto goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-boss-unai-emery-makes-16481242">Mirror</a><a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-boss-unai-emery-makes-16481242"></a> says Petr Cech announced his retirement from professional football and played his last match in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, where he is being linked with a return to the club as technical director.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-boss-emery-makes-martinez-call-4284258?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BReading'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal boss Unai Emery is ready to hold onto goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

The Mirror says Petr Cech announced his retirement from professional football and played his last match in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, where he is being linked with a return to the club as technical director.

Bernd Leno will be the first-choice shot stopper while David Ospina, who is currently on loan at Napoli, is rumoured to be nearing a permanent switch to Italy.

In January, Martinez secured a loan switch to Reading where he kept five clean sheets in 18 appearances which helped Reading retain their Championship status.

On his return to North London, Martinez is expected to feature in cup matches but is supposedly keen to challenge team-mate Leno for the number one spot.

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