Academy graduate Andy Rinomhota had two Carabao Cup starts and three substitute appearances to his name before last weekend’s clash with Bristol City. But Paul Clement handed the 21-year-old his first league start against the Robins and Rinomhota didn’t disappoint.
“I thought he played really well,” the Royals boss said after the 3-2 victory. “He has had to be patient for his opportunity and he has been patient.
“Andy is a fantastic professional. Every day, he is committed to learning, improving, giving his best.
“He’s a credit to this club, our Academy, his family - I’m sure they were very proud to see him play in the win.
“I know when he came off the bench in his other two league appearances, that he didn’t have family there - they were only brief appearances as a substitute so I think they caught him by surprise a little bit.
“But his mum and dad were at the stadium to see him play at the weekend and he got a nice ovation when he came off in the second half - and I thought it was thoroughly deserved.
“I really felt he was ready for it on Saturday based on what he’s been doing in training. And that first league start is credit to his coachability. I thought he was great.”