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🖼️ Academy six presented with debut shirts after featuring in first team photo

Southwood, Abbey, Tetek, Bristow, Sackey and Melvin-Lambert all broke into the first team last month...

2 October 2020

The Academy Honours board is full following six debuts for six up and coming young players last month.

Veljko Paunović came to the club with pedigree in devloping young players - having won a World Cup with Serbia's young players! And the Royals boss has placed his faith in no fewer than 12 of the club's Academy graduates in total this far.

That total includes six debutants who all made their first team bow in Carabao Cup action last month, adding their name to our Honours Board and wearing the first team shirt for the first time in their careers.

And all six were included in the first team squad photo on Tuesday this week - after which they were presented with their commemorative shirts marking their first team debut for the Royals.


Goalkeeper Luke Southwood is a World Cup winner himself, having been part of the England Under-20 set-up that lifted the trophy in South Korea in 2017. 

And after an impressive loan spell north of the border last season, he donned the gloves to start between the posts against Colchester United in Round One last month.


Also in the starting eleven that afternoon was Ethan Bristow, who put in a fine performance at left-back as the Royals ran out 3-1 victors at Madejski Stadium.

Off the bench came 17-year-old striker Nahum Melvin-Lambert who so nearly capped his debut with a goal, denied late in the game by Dean Gerken.


Bristow and Southwood retained their place in the squad for our opening league game of the season at Derby County, which the Royals also won courtesy of goals from Ovie Ejaria and Lucas Joao.


And when we hosted Luton Town in the Second Round of the cup back at home, both started once more and were joined by young midfielder Dejan Tetek - nine days before his 18th birthday.


Winger Lynford Sackey and midfielder Nelson Abbey were brought off the bench to try and change the result against the Hatters and although we were knocked out of the competition by the most slender of margins, all our young players had impressed once more.


A proud moment for the young players and our club. Congratulations to all our debutants!





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