Liverpool footballer Ovie Ejaria has joined Championship side Reading with a season-long loan deal. U21 England international has completed a loan switch, with the Royals obliged to make a move permanent next summer, as confirmed via the Reds’ Twitter account.
Ovie spent the second half of last campaign on loan at the Madejski Stadium, played 16 games in the Championship and scored one goal. This sounds like an excellent deal for the Merseyside club. Ejaria has gone out on several loans now, and at no point has he ever really looked like challenging the first team at Anfield in any way.
The level of talent required to operate for a club like Reds is exceptionally high, but the fact that he hasn’t shown any real signs of hitting those levels at the age of 21 probably suggests that it is the right time to move him on. That’s not to say that English starlet can’t be an excellent Championship footballer.
During his spell at Reading last term, Ovie registered a pass completion rate of 86.7%, as well as an average of 1.8 tackles per game in the centre of the park. He still has his whole career ahead of him, and Ejaria can definitely be an accomplished and assured presence in an engine room for somebody, but Liverpool always felt like a step too far.
Reading already signed George Puscas from Inter Milan, Lucas João from Sheffield, Rafael from Sampdoria, Michael Morrison from Birmingham and Charlie Adam from Stoke City during this summer transfer window.