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Joao Virginia’s situation at Reading has not changed despite managerial shift


Joao Virginia’s situation at Reading has not changed despite managerial shift

The Portuguese stopper has struggled since his loan switch to the Championship.

This summer saw Everton send talented young goalkeeper Joao Virginia out on loan in order to gain some valuable first-team experience. Fellow Portuguese Jose Gomes took him on board at Championship side Reading and immediately placed him in the starting XI. 

However, he soon slipped out of the first-team and, then, the squad. 

The arrival of three-cap Brazilian international Rafael from Sampdoria saw Virginia drop to the bench and he soon found himself out of the matchday squad altogether with Sam Walker taking his place, in order for Reading to meet loan player guidelines. 

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His form was certainly not winning him any fervent fans at the Madejski Stadium prior to his dropping, but he might have hoped for a reprieve over the international break. 

Reading sacked Gomes and he was eventually replaced by director of football Mark Bowen. 


However, it appears that has not changed his status at the Berkshire club. 

Reading picked up an impressive 1-0 win against Preston North End at the weekend, with Rafael again in goal and Walker on the bench. Virginia, was yet again, left waiting in the wings. 

At this rate, it is hard to see how Everton can allow Virginia to remain out on loan for the second half of the season. It would surely be better if the 20-year-old was brought back to Finch Farm and reinserted into the Everton under-23s or found another loan spell in January.

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