Adkins: Royals can keep stars

Reading manager Nigel Adkins insists the club are in a strong position to keep hold of their key players.

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Nigel Adkins: Insists Reading are in a s

Nigel Adkins: Insists Reading are in a s

Reading manager Nigel Adkins insists the club are in a strong position to keep hold of their key players.

With relegation from the Barclays Premier League confirmed, the Royals welcome beaten FA Cup finalists Manchester City to the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening in their last home game of the campaign.

Although they will be back in the npower Championship next year, Reading have played exciting football for much of their solitary season back in the top flight.

That has led to interest in a number of players from other Premier League clubs, with the likes of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and captain Jobi McAnuff likely to be given a chance of remaining in the division.

But Adkins will only allow players who do not have a future at the club to leave over the summer.

"We are in a good position," he said. "We are going to do what we want to do at Reading, that is the important thing.

"We have sampled the Premier League this season and we are in the Championship next year. There is the drive to get back into the Premier League and, having learned the lessons of this season, do better."

Wales winger Hal Robson-Kanu is the latest Reading player to attract interest from other clubs after scoring a brace in last weekend's 4-2 win at Fulham.

The 23-year-old has now set himself a personal target of reaching 10 goals for the season, meaning he will need to score three times in the remaining two fixtures, and Adkins reckons the former Arsenal trainee will fulfil his potential at the Madejski Stadium.

"We want the players to develop and he is working hard on the training ground, he has scored some goals already and is a player we have high hopes for in the future," he said.

"If you look at the way we will be operating you want a fluid motion where players are not in one fixed position. We want to get Hal where he can get on the football and run at players and get into goalscoring opportunities."

Robson-Kanu may need another three goals to reach double figures for the season but in striker Adam Le Fondre, Adkins already has a player who has achieved that milestone.

Le Fondre has been labelled a super sub after rescuing Reading in a number of games after being introduced from the bench this season. He has also been linked with a move but is another who Adkins intends to develop at Reading.

"Adam has scored some fantastic goals and it was an outstanding goal last weekend against Fulham, fantastic ability and skill from him," the former Southampton boss said.

"He is a young player who is a natural goalscorer and scores a variety of goals, we have high hopes for him to develop his game. I'm also sure he can score goals when he starts games.

"There are stages in the game when people score goals, he scores goals if he is on the pitch for half an hour. I'd like to think he has opportunities to keep scoring goals if he is starting games or coming on to make an impact."


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