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Reading boss Jose Gomes warns Lewis Baker and Ovie Ejaria after Leeds and Rangers exits

Reading Manager Jose Gomes looks on during the warm up for the Sky Bet Championship between Queens Park Rangers and Reading at Loftus Road on December 29, 2018 in London, England.

Reading signed recent Rangers and Leeds loanees this week.

Reading Manager Jose Gomes looks on during the warm up for the Sky Bet Championship between Queens Park Rangers and Reading at Loftus Road on December 29, 2018 in London, England.

Reading boss Jose Gomes has warned new signing Lewis Baker and Ovie Ejaria that they cannot expect to walk straight into the starting XI.

Baker cut short his spell at Championship leaders Leeds this week after only starting two games. He told Reading's website he joined the Royals to play regularly.

 

Ovie Ejaria also signed on loan, a month after he quit his loan at Scottish title hopefuls Rangers.

Both hope to play a key role for the 23rd placed Royals in the second half of the season.

Gomes has warned both of his new players that they must earn a spot in the team.

Leeds United's Lewis Baker during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Gomes told the club website: "I’m glad to have two more players, and they will fight with the other players that we already have for a place in the starting XI.

"It will be a tough fight for them because our players are doing very well, and they have been training in a fantastic way. But we are happy to have two more talented players.

“But we cannot look at the new players who arrive and think that they are the solution for the problem. We must look for a solution with the players which we have."

Reading face Nottingham Forest this weekend hoping to spring an upset.

The chances are that one or both of Baker and Ejaria will be involved, but they will have to stand out and impress in their first training sessions to be picked to go straight into the team.

Graeme Shinnie of Aberdeen vies with Ovie Ejaria of Rangers during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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