Jordan Holsgrove has left Reading on a permanent basis to join Spanish top-tier side Celta Vigo. He’s agreed a two-year deal, reportedly with the option of a third. We don’t know the fee that the La Liga team have paid for him, or what Reading stand to gain in the way of bonuses and add-ons.
It’s a big opportunity for Holsgrove, who’s joining a a former Champions League and Europa League side. Although they’ve had a worse time of it recently, finishing 17th for the last two seasons, getting a permanent switch to an established La Liga team is still a big endorsement of his ability and potential.
From Reading’s point of view though, it’s a shame to see him leave before being given a single competitive appearance in the first team. Holsgrove, who turns 21 today, seemed to have a bright future ahead of him at Reading after some encouraging performances in pre-season. Those came off the back of a loan spell in Spain last season, during which he played 22 times for Atlético Baleares.
He could have been a good option as essentially a back-up for John Swift. Now that Charlie Adam’s gone, Reading lack a central midfielder (besides Swift) who can get on the ball in a deep position and orchestrate the play. Promoting Holsgrove to that role (new Scottish Pirlo anyone?) would have fitted tactically and been pretty cost-effective too.
Then again, there’s a decent amount of competition for a central midfield role at Reading. Holsgrove would have been going up against Swift, Josh Laurent, Andy Rinomhota and possibly Felipe Araruna too (depending on whether the new manager sees him as more of a right back or a midfielder). If Holsgrove can get more game time for Celta Vigo, moving clubs would have been a no-brainer.
In an interview with TTE last week, Jordan’s dad Paul said opportunity was the important thing:
“His opportunities this year? You can never say. Now there is again a new manager - that’s also something where the game changed to when I played. To say that a manager has some six months to prove himself is just ridiculous. When you’re a young player, can you give the manager 20 games at a level he wants to keep his job? It changes so quickly, very difficult to get in and stay in the team. As a father it’s a bit frustrating, but we have to wait and see.
“In the end, I just want him to have a career. Jordan has enough quality to be a professional. If he gets that opportunity at Reading, then great. If not, he might have to move on. The most important thing is that he enjoys himself and is happy.”
We wish Jordan the very best of luck in this new chapter of his career.