Tyler Blackett Joins Reading


Tyler Blackett has left Manchester United and joined a Championship outfit Reading on a three-year deal.

The defender’s departure spells the permanent end of his career at the only club he has known, minus previous loan deals.

Those loan deals include spells at Blackpool, Birmingham City and most recently Celtic.

The 22-year-old’s 14-year association with United comes to an end but it is that age that indicates first team football is required if he wants to succeed in the game.

He will play for a manager who is no stranger to United, Jaap Stam, a central defender in his day like Blackett.

The Dutchman was a main stay in the side from 1998-2001, securing the Premier League’s first ever three league titles in a row, in a period that included the famous 1999 Champions League triumph to cap off an unprecedented treble.

This experience can aid Blackett going forward, a speedy, athletic player who is capable of playing at either centre-halve or left-back.

Fellow Dutchman to Stam, Louis van Gaal, was the one who gave Blackett his debut, in the 2014 league opener at home to Swansea City.

He made a total of 11 Premier League and one FA Cup appearance at Old Trafford, as well as being capped for England at every level up until the under-21s.

With Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling ahead of him in the pecking order, and the promise shown by Axel Tuanzebe and RoShaun Williams at youth level, game time under Jose Mourinho would have been hard to come by.

We wish Blackett all the best in his future career.

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