Date of birth
Tyler Blackett 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 defender first joined the Red Devils in his hometown of Manchester at the age of eight. And 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.
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
He 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.
Another 32 games in a Reading shirt came the way of the defender in 2018-19, and he also netted against Peterborough during pre-season in preparation for the 2019-20 Championship campaign.