Last Saturday was another feather in the cap of 18-year-old midfielder Dejan Tetek. He had his first senior involvement at the start of the year in the Carabao Cup against Luton Town, then made his Championship debut in October from the bench against Watford. And he was handed his first ever league start at the weekend away in Norwich.
After being involved in most matchday squads as a substitute, Tetek looked the part on his first start; the Serbia Under-21 international came in for praise from countryman Veljko Paunovic, who enjoyed the maturity of his performance and the support that he received from the rest of the team.
“He did a great job,” said the Royals boss. “He had a fantastic contribution to the team with his effort and his football.
“I’m also very happy that the veterans of our team helped him, supported him, gave him that confidence that is needed, and trust.
“To me, he looked like he had been playing the whole season. That is a huge credit to him and to the team, how well he adapted to our game.
“There are a lot of players who are having success here, in their first season as a full member of the squad. These are the positives and that is what we have to build on in the future.
“We look forward to developing more, and importantly together with that, is to win games.”