Beşiktaş are our first opponents in Austria this evening – and the prospect of continental opposition is an exciting one for Andy Rinomhota.
A contrast in playing style, different philosophies, and a top-level test… benefits are bound to be felt ahead of the new season.
“It’s a big team, and they’ll bring a lot of experience and offer us a tough test,” Rinomhota said.
“That’s what you want in pre-season; we had that when we played Fulham, who are a Premier League side now, and we were compact and came away with a good draw. We’ll try to build on that tonight against Beşiktaş.
“We’ve been getting the manager’s tactics down and building into it, and associating them with our team. Everyone is buying in and getting the ideas that the manager wants.
“It’s good to test yourself against these types of side, because you never know what you might come up against in the Championship.
“Different managers come over with different philosophies; it might be something you’re not used to. Games like these can give you an idea what they’re about and make you ready for those tests in the future.”
Here in Bad Erlach marks Rinomhota’s second pre-season away with the senior side – he hopes that he can continue to develop under the manager and alongside fellow players, and contribute to the Royals’ cause in the coming weeks and months.
“It’s good to be training with the first-team lads and learning off them every day,” he continued. “Working with the manager and his technical staff is helpful for me, and helps me push towards where I want to be in future.
“I want to work towards my goals and hopefully stamp a place for myself this season.
“All of the lads who have joined the club this summer have been very welcome and fitted in really well. They’re getting on well and players like David Meyler and John O’Shea have both been there and done in, are they are bringing in Premier League experience to us now.”