HoundURZZZZHound Speedy wingers is up there with not playing out from the back as the two cliches that would supposedly make us much better whilst likely doing nothing of the sort
We’ve had speedy Wingers recently whilst playing some of the most turgid football on record. Plus Meite and Ovie aren’t exactly slow, or is Richards/Yiadom/Esteves on the overlap
I think there’s a general trend that the most successful teams now play with width
Yiadom and Richards offer some width but not enough. Meite stays fairly wide I guess but he’s not the sort to go out wide and cross it in (and understandably, it’s not his game)
Besides, which speedy wingers have we had recently who’s played regularly? Might just be me but can’t think of a single one other than Barrow
Barrow the regular when we played some awful football. But then McCleary was still quick in Stam S1. Timbe also appeared and made little difference. Meite is quick and has played left and right wing. Richards played there last year at times and is also quick. Can never quite work out if Aluko is speedy or not, but he is meant to be.
Barrow was crucial to us staying in the division. Without his goals and assists we were going down.
Successful Reading sides at this level have played with quality wingers. Kebe and McAnuff and Little and Convey.
We just haven’t had many decent wingers at the club in recent years. That doesn’t mean we should not have wingers at the club.