Date: 28th September 2015 at 7:41pm
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Our Central midfielders have contributed a lot during the early stages of the season and here is a review of each one involved.

Oliver Norwood- 9-

Norwood has started this season aswell as anyone in the league, showing Reading fans and Clarke exactly why Adkins signed him in the first place. Oli started last season fantastically under Adkins and then under-performed massively when Clarke bough Chalobah with him in January. With Chalobah going on loan to Napoli, this has meant Norwood has been given his chance to impress Clarke and he’s done just that. His range of passing is as good as you’ll see and Norwood also protects his back four brilliantly, which helps massively. Again, hopefully he’ll continue his fine form throughout this coming campaign.

Danny Williams- 7-

This is a man who has fantastic ability. Danny is our driving force in the midfield and he creates chances for others. However, Williams is one of the only players in our squad that hasn’t taken his game to the next level. To be fair to him, Clarke was using him as a makeshift winger in the absence of Mccleary, Hurtado and Fosu. He’ll need to step up his game if he wants regular first team football with Tshibola knocking on the door.

Aaron Tshibola- 8-

Aaron Tshibola is a perfect example of using the loan system well. Tish went on loan to Hartlepool last season and helped them to the great escape with continually performing to his best. This resulted in him really progressing as a player and he’s the main one this season that has broken through to the first team. Clarke said he noticed straight away that Aaron had really benefited from being loaned out and he was ready for Championship football. This has been shown in his performances and I feel he’s had a better start than Williams.

Alex Fernandez- N/A-

Fernandez was another one of Clarke’s 11 signings this summer and he’s struggled to adapt to the English game. The midfielder has started just one game, which was against Everton in the cup. During this game, Fernandez struggled massively during the first half, but improved in the second period. It’s obvious he hasn’t quite stepped up to the plate as of yet, however, it is too difficult to give him a rating.