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Fresh options for the manager this weekend

3 February 2017

Stam assesses choices to be made for Ipswich

Reading boss Jaap Stam will have three new names available to him this weekend, as all of our deadline-day signings join contention to be part of the matchday squad.

Reece Oxford, Jordon Mutch and Lewis Grabban are all now eligible for selection and could make their Royals’ debuts, as could Adrian Popa after being unused from the bench at Birmingham.  The manager will make a judgement call on their fitness and adaption to the new system, but he has been pleased with what he has seen so far.

“We’ve going to talk with them about the system and how we want to play – in the training sessions and on the pitch, we’ll show them what we want to do and how we want to achieve it,” Jaap said.

“That’s what we always do with new players if you work with a certain team and a certain style of play.  You need to do that as a manager.

“They have played 45 minutes in a friendly game, and you can see they have ability to a certain level.  Of course they don’t want to risk getting injured before their first official game for the club!

“But they need to get used to the other players in the club, the system we want to play, and from that 45 minutes we get an impression of what they can do.  That’s very good and this week we’ll be working them harder and making things even more clear for them.”

Other names could be available again too – at either end of the pitch, we were missing two stalwarts in Yann Kermorgant and Paul McShane during our win over Birmingham.

“The physios are working very hard to get them fit,” Jaap continued.  “Yann had a calf problem, and same with Paul McShane.  Joey [van den Berg] is out for longer with a hamstring injury.

“We want as many players fit for the game on Saturday as we can, so we can have a lot of choices to be made.

“But the new players are coming in and they look fit as well, so there are some choices to be made for that game.”

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