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José on Olise's impact

Manager speaks on Academy graduate after his first senior start

22 March 2019

After making his debut as a substitute against Leeds last week, becoming the club’s 51st Academy graduate to grace the first team, Michael Olise was named in the starting eleven for the trip to Stoke a week ago, and manager Jose Gomes was impressed with what he has seen from the midfielder so far.

“At the beginning he was a bit nervous, but with the minutes passing he started to feel more confident, more comfortable during the game, so I think it was a positive start.

“He trained very well, he’s doing fantastic things, and the things that he does in training makes me trust him. He showed during the training that we can use his talent.”

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Olise made way for Garath McCleary on the 60-minute mark, but Gomes says that he was more than pleased with what he saw from the midfielder on the pitch. 

“Just before I changed him, he had a very good offensive action and dribbled past two or three players, so he’s a talented player and we must help him to be stronger and to use the technical ability that he has the best way he can.

“Michael has the capacity to dribble, to make different things, to create opportunities for the others and also himself, because he is a very good player. He has taken his chance and he played good enough to show to everybody that he has talent.” 

Academy graduates have played an important part of first team affairs so far, this season. The likes of Andy Rinomhota, Omar Richards and now Michael Olise have all contributed – Click the link below to find out more about the 51 Royals Academy graduates.   

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