Reading fans should get used to this
Unfortunately, when you’re flying high at the top of the Championship and making your best start to a season in 35 years, Premier League interest in your star players is nothing short of inevitable.
Centre-half Liam Moore and rampaging right-back Omar Richards did their burgeoning reputations no harm at all either in Tuesday’s 4-2 win against dark horses Blackburn Rovers, a result which means Reading, remarkably, are seven points clear in top spot just eight games into the season.
But the star of the show, and not for the first time, was an 18-year-old Frenchman who, on current form, looks a cut above at this level.
A couple of weeks after smashing home a 25-yard volley that even Paul Scholes would have been proud of against Barnsley, Michael Olise found the net with another sensational, if very different¸ kind of wondergoal.
Skipping away from a sprawling Blackburn defence, the fearsome Frenchman followed up a slaloming run with a clinical and composed finish which belies his tender years.
Harvey Elliott, the much-discussed Liverpool loanee who joined Blackburn on deadline day, didn’t come close to matching Olise’s influence.
After another mesmeric midfield display, the only surprise now is that there is not more Premier League clubs sending scouts down to the Madejski.