Adkins' praise for young duoJake Taylor and Ryan Edwards were both impressive in Saturday's 2-0 friendly win over Wycombe Wanderers, and manager Nigel Adkins was delighted with his young duo.
Taylor was born in Ascot and has been with the Royals since the age of 8, and at 22 he is now making a name for himself in the first team. He scored with a neat finish after clever movement inside the box, and could well have scored more, showing determination to get into goalscoring positions from an advanced midfield role.
Adkins said of the former Wales Under 21 captain, "I thought Jake was phenomenal. His movement, desire and awareness to get into positions to score.
"He works like that every single day in training so it came as no surprise to any of us. I know he'll maintain that workrate. He's got an opportunity and is grasping it."
20-year-old Edwards has been with the Royals since 2011, and the Australian youth international spent last season back on loan in his homeland with Perth Glory, playing alongside the likes of William Gallas in the A-League.
The attacking midfielder has hit the ground running in pre-season, coming out very highly in our fitness testing and he has now set up two and scored one of the team's four goals in pre-season.
Adkins said, "Ryan has been really impressive since he came back from a loan period last season.
"He's got a desire to get into goalscoring positions, to break from midfield and he works ever so hard, he's growing in confidence."
Reflecting after our 2-0 win, the boss continued, "I was pleased, Michael Hector played in midfield, we'd always planned to take him off at half time because we're just looking after his hip.
"Jordan Obita went in there, Shauny Cummings at left back, he's been doing well in pre-season.
"It was a really pleasing workout. You don't want to single out individuals but I thought a lot of players did well.
"The spirit has been top drawer, and the players are working extremely hard, both in training and in games. There's a great unity."