José Gomes’ first two arrivals since his appointment came this week, as Ovie Ejaria and Lewis Baker joined the club on loan from Liverpool and Chelsea respectively – and he is understandably pleased to be welcoming the talented players to the squad.
But he knows that they aren’t a panacea for Reading’s issues this season; he is expecting every member of the first-team squad to put even more in for the side to ensure that our fortunes change in the closing months of the campaign.
“I’m glad to have two more players, and they will fight with the other players that we already have for a place in the starting XI,” Gomes said.
“It will be a tough fight for them because our players are doing very well, and they have been training in a fantastic way. But we are happy to have two more talented players.
“But we cannot look at the new players who arrive and think that they are the solution for the problem. We must look for a solution with the players which we have.
“Everyone, all of the players, must give more. We cannot say that because we have some new players that the problems are resolved. No – everybody must give more.”
On top of two new recruits, Tyler Blackett and Leandro Bacuna both return to eligibility this weekend after serving their suspensions.
It’ll mean a headache for the squad selection – but these are the kinds of healthy problems which he is happy to have.
“It’s important to have these kinds of decisions in my hand,” he continued.
“It gives us more solutions, so I am happy for that. Hopefully I will have more good problems in the future.”