Young striker catching the eye
Aspiring Royals striker Dominic Samuel has gone from strength to strength this season - and is certainly raising one or two eyebrows.
The 18-year-old has heavily featured for Chris Cummins' under-21s this season - and his form reached its efflorescence in Autumn, when Samuel struck four times in two games.
Samuel was the star of the show at Madejski Stadium as the youngsters beat Norwich 3-0 in October, before a week later again scoring twice - one a spectacular long-range drive - to complete an excellent comeback against West Brom at the Hawthorns.
His displays certainly caught the eye of Brian McDermott - who had already named Dominic as a substitute for the postponed match at Sunderland in August. Brian has included the youngster in his travelling squad for a number of the Royals away trips and named him on the bench at Southampton last week.
Last month Brian said, "He's is a real talent. He's allying his talent with his work rate - that's starting to happen now. He's really working hard - I saw him play against West Ham and he did really well.
"He's getting closer - and I'm sure the young lads see what happens at this club. You just have to look at Sean Morrison - he's been in the side this season. They must think that they have an opportunity. We'll try and involve him with the first team how we can."
Samuel's endeavors have also been noted on the international scene. He scored his first goal for England U19s last year in a 3-1 win over Ukraine - and has since remained in coach Noel Blake's plans.
He was called up once again in September for the Three Lions' recent tournament in Limoges, France - and was also named in England's squad for a friendly against Finland last month - but missed out because of illness.
Another admirer of Samuel is, of course, under-21s coach Chris Cummins - who has witnessed his development more closely than anyone else.
"Dominic is a really good young player," Cummins said last month. "He can be anything he wants to be - and he's now combining his quality with hard work."
You can follow Dominic on twitter @DominicSamuel9 by clicking here - and check out his Player Profile here!