As fans of Rangers and Sunderland will tell you, Ovie Ejaria can flit effortlessly between outstanding and anonymous. He often settles on the latter.
But, after joining Reading on loan over the summer, the Liverpool-owned play-maker is finally starting to add some semblance of consistency to his game.
The 21-year-old has natural ability by the bucket load. He carries the ball beautifully with his rangy, languid style and, as Bristol City’s defenders found out on Saturday, he is almost impossible to predict.
Ejaria had the Robins back line on strings at times with Ashley Williams and co dancing to his tune at Ashton Gate. How Ejaria didn’t have an assist to cheer at the end of a dazzling display is anyone’s guess.
George Puscas’s profligacy certainly didn’t help as Jose Gomes’s Reading slipped to yet another damaging defeat thanks to a Famara Diedhiou header in the south west.
And a future at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded engine room looks beyond Ejaria right now. If Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent aren’t going to get a chance, what chance does the former Arsenal youngster realistically have of forcing Gini Wijnaldum and co out of the starting XI, even if he does have that natural creativity that Liverpool are lacking in a rather workmanlike midfield?
But, like Wilson and Kent, Ejaria could still have a fine career away from Anfield. He’s certainly got the ability to become one of the Championship’s most influential playmakers if starts performing to his best for a full 90 minutes.
Was outstanding today. Looked very good every time I’ve seen him. Consistently? Must be a reason he’s at Reading— Brims (@NickyNatchyNoo) October 5, 2019
Ejaria (14) for Reading was excellent today. Looks a top player— Mert Brown (@MertBrown) October 5, 2019
Watching highlights of Reading Ejaria what a player and option in the middle. Any hits regards a call up. The boy is solid— anthony ade (@walesvilla) October 5, 2019
Swift is our most creative player. Ejaria is our best player.— Holty (@HoltyDing) October 5, 2019
We’re playing really well right now, doing everything but putting the ball in the net - just need a bit of luck. Ejaria has them on strings #ReadingFC— Alex (@AlexLeFondre) October 5, 2019
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