Date: 23rd July 2019 at 1:02pm
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Yesterday it was confirmed that Reading had signed Charlie Adam on a one-year deal – after he was released by Stoke City.

The Scottish international arrives at the Madjeski Stadium with 10 years in English football, and though Nathan Jones let him go, he can still do a job for Reading.

Adam, who is now 33, will add to Reading’s midfield that currently only has John Swift, David Meyler and Andy Rinomhota available.

Signing Adam, therefore, will add some more experience to the Reading midfield and also some guile that perhaps only Swift possesses.

The former Blackpool man may well have declined from the days where he lobbed Tibault Courtois from the halfway line, but he should still have enough in the tank to compete in the Championship.

Last season Adam only made 12 appearances for Stoke as Jones attempted to move the older players on and bring in a new generation of Stoke players – and Adam was one of those casualties.

His release from Stoke signalled the end of seven years with the Potters – where he proved he was capable of the spectacular on numerous occasions.

Reading know they are getting a player who works hard for the team but also someone who can pick out that defence-splitting pass.

In his career so far, Adam has scored 76 goals and set up a further 61 – not bad for a central midfield player and if Adam can add some goals and assists to the Reading side then his free transfer will start to look like one of the Championship’s best signings.

Adam also wants to help grow the young players while he is at Reading so not only are they getting an experienced Premier League professional but also someone who is willing to guide and mentor others to help them have a better career.

The signing of Adam by the Royals is, therefore, a good deal and though, the reaction on Twitter has been mixed, he could prove to be a shrewd addition to the squad.

 

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