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Tyler Blackett

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

02/04/1994

Height

188 cm

Signed

22/08/2016

Country

England

Tyler Blackett has signed a four-year contract with Reading Football Club in the summer of 2016, joining the Royals on a permanent deal from Manchester United.

The 22-year-old defender first joined the Red Devils in his hometown of Manchester at the age of eight, and now links up with a former United defender in the shape of our current boss Jaap Stam at Madejski Stadium.

After progressing through the Academy ranks at Carrington, Blackett turned pro at Old Trafford in the summer of 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson. With the experienced figure of Patrice Evra regularly occupying the left-back berth, Blackett moved on loan to Blackpool the following season to get his first taste of competitive first-team football.

His pro debut came as a 19-year-old as Blackpool travelled to Nottingham Forest, where he played the entirety for the Seasiders and helped them to a 1-0 win – keeping a side that included former Royals Jamie Mackie, Nathaniel Chalobah and Simon Cox at bay.

After 4(+1) appearances in league and cup for the Lancashire side, the defender then made his second loan spell away by joining fellow Championship side Birmingham City for the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign and featured in 6(+2) games for the Blues.

The 2014/15 season was a breakthrough year for Blackett in Man United’s first team. After impressing Dutch boss Louis van Gaal in pre-season, he was handed his Premier League debut on the opening day of the new campaign at home against Swansea. He went on to play a further 10 top-tier games for the reigning champions that season, most notably playing the duration in a 4-0 demolition of QPR and in a 2-1 triumph against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Blackett continued his development north of the border in the 2015/16 campaign as he linked up with Glasgow giants Celtic. As well as playing his part in a Scottish Premiership title-winning league campaign for the Bhoys, he also added continental experience to his game during Europa League matches against Ajax, Fenerbache and Molde.

Like fellow summer 2016 arrivals John Swift and Liam Moore, Blackett has represented England at youth level. His first involvement came in 2009 when he helped the Under-16 squad to retain the Victory Shield.

Since then, he has stepped up through the age groups to win a total of nine caps for the Young Lions – most recently for the Under-21s in 2014 as Jonathan Bond kept a shut-out in a 3-0 win against Moldova, with Saido Berahino and Harry Kane finding the net for England.

Blackett made 39(+1) appearances for the Royals in his first campaign at the club, impressing both on the left side and in the middle of the Reading defence.

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