STATS: Will Premier League clubs swoop for Reading's Jordan Obita?

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Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with Jordan Obita in the recent past, and the Reading starlet is catching the eye again in the Championship.

It says plenty about the ability of Jordan Obita that he has continued to shine this season during a difficult period for Reading.

The Royals have been plagued by inconsistency, with Nigel Adkins paying the price for that with his job.

Steve Clarke has been appointed in his place, and one of his first tasks could be to convince Obita that the Madejski Stadium remains the best place for him at this stage of his career.

Premier League interest has been reported in the past, with Arsenal and Liverpool among those said to be keen.

The Gunners are always in the market for players of promise and would view Obita’s versatility – which allows him to operate at left-back or on the wing – as a useful quality to obtain.

Liverpool will see the 21-year-old in the same light, with speculation mounting that Brendan Rodgers is looking for a long-term replacement to Jose Enrique.

Obita would appear to be a wise option, with the youngster having shown again in the 2014/15 campaign why he is so highly regarded at Reading and why England U21 honours have come his way.

  TeamGoalsGoal AssistTotal Att AssistTotal CrossTotal ContestTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Obita Reading 0 6 32 170 34 1,346 21 1,871

Reading should be bracing themselves for formal approaches in January, with the Opta statistics above showing how productive he is on the flanks – with his creative numbers better than Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond, who is another of those to have been linked with Liverpool.

The trump card that the Royals hold is that Obita is a product of their academy system and has been carefully nurtured to this stage.

Clarke will eager to press home that he is guaranteed regular football in the second tier, something he may not get at Emirates Stadium or Anfield, and that further opportunities to step up a level will come his way if he can maintain his current standards.

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