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Reading FC Player In Focus: Stephen Quinn

Second up in our Player In Focus series is Stephen Quinn, with Michael giving his thoughts on the Irishman before you can vote on his performances at the end.

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Just before Christmas, we started a new feature here on The Tilehurst End, looking at each player one by one, beginning with Matej Vydra. After reading Michael's thoughts, you gave the man on loan from Watford an average score of 3.68 out of 5. This time, Stephen Quinn is in the spotlight, and once again you can vote in our poll and also leave your thoughts down below.


Stephen is a player who came as part of the Clarke revolution,  with the aim to restore determination and fight to the team,  alongside Paul McShane.  There was a lot of buzz about his signing,  being considered a real bargain on a free transfer.

Quinny looked promising the moment I first saw him play in the flesh, delivering a battling performance against Espanyol. In the first five or six games for Reading,  it seemed he was having trouble finding his feet with a few patchy performances, giving away posession a number of times and lacking a real identity.

However,  once the team began to gel Quinn quickly sprang into life,  with strong performances showing us what Clarke saw in the former Hull player. Quinny is a player who doesn't immediately catch the eye,  and technically isn't as gifted as some of the other players we have, but after his injury happened we stopped picking up as many results,  and his determination was sorely missed.

Since coming back from injury,  we have started to look more solid and are slowly improving.  I would say Quinn is probably more of a centre midfielder,  in a ball winning role than the wide left midfielder we play him as. Playing him in this position does help posession,  but we do lose a bit of Width and danger that someone like Ola John provides.

Quinn's footwork and trickery seems to have improved since his injury and looks a danger even when taking a man on.  I would now say he has found his feet and is a key player for us,  and his versatility is also highly valued.

Current Rating: 7 out of 10