On Valentine’s Day, I wrote an article discussing how important Nelson Oliveira is to Reading FC. Two and a half months removed, and with one game left of the season, the Norwich loanee has endured an up and down time with the Royals in such a short loan spell.
He made a very impressive start to life in Berkshire, with two goals in three games. However, ever since that time, his loan spell has been ravaged by injury. Firstly, he suffered that horrendous facial injury at the hands of Tyrone Mings in a home game against Aston Villa. Since then, he has suffered recurring hamstring problems which have limited his match involvement.
Although his total goal return is nothing to shout about, the three goals he has scored in his ten games played have all been so important in this clubs survival. When he has played, he has lifted the team, and given the fans something to cheer.
With all this being said, Reading have a transfer fee agreed with Norwich City, should they wish to turn Oliveira’s loan into a permanent deal. The question I’m asking is, should we?
It has not been reported how much the transfer fee is, but a player of Oliveira’s pedigree and goalscoring record, it will certainly be more towards the fee we paid for record signing Sone Aluko. The club doesn’t have much room to manoeuvre around Financial Fair Play, and it could be argued that Reading should be making more of an effort to sign the loan players who have been more important to this team (Emiliano Martinez, Matt Miazga), plus we’ve already discussed the Portuguese striker’s injury record.
Should the club spend the big bucks on Oliveira, or should we focus our efforts elsewhere? Would be interested to know your opinions so let me know!
Check out our previous article: https://reading.vitalfootball.co.uk/popa-to-depart-permanently/