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View From The Town End: Tyler Blackett

We sat down with Ryan from Man United blog The Busby Babe to discuss Reading's latest recruit, Tyler Blackett.

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Blackett featured in a dozen games under LVG, did he look the part?

In truth, he looked level below what was required. He filled in at a time when we were really struggling with injuries and did ok, but he conceded a penaty and got sent off in a 5-3 defeat to Leicester City the season before last, and was soon usurped by the likes of Paddy McNair and, last season, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson as the go-to youngsters to fill in for first-teamers.

What are his main strengths?

He's very stong, fast and athletic. The raw tools are there, but he needs a lot of guidance. Who better for a young defender to work under than Jaap Stam, though?

And weaknesses?

He's not great on the ball and his positional sense and decision making lets him down. I think these are all apects of his game that can be improved though.

What do you think his potential is?

The truth is, it's hard to say. He went on loan to Celtic last season and, by all accounts, he struggled a bit. But he's only 22, and has got all of the physical tools to become a good defender. I'm interested to see how he gets on in the Championship.

Any stories from off the pitch?

Nothing really to report from what I can think of. He's a Manchester lad and has been at the club since he was eight. Seems to have a good attitude, so I'm sure he'll make the most of this opportunity.

Are you disappointed to see him go?

No, this is a good move for him, and it comes at the right time. I think another loan would have only delayed the inevitable exit from Old Trafford, and, at his age, he needs to be playing regular football.

Many thanks to Ryan from the Busby Babe for his thoughts on Tyler Blackett. You can read their excellent blog here, and follow them on Twitter @TheBusbyBabe.