Reading FC were lucky to sign after Aston Villa transfer decision

Reading could try to sign striker Tristan Abldeen-Goodridge after his release from Aston Villa.

The 19-year-old striker has been released by Villa and will soon become a free agent, with the teenager one of eight players leaving the Midlands club on a free transfer this summer.

And now the Royals could be looking to sign him on a free transfer, after he recently played as a trial judge for Reading, making two appearances in Premier League 2 against Fulham and Middlesbrough.

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Abldeen-Goodridge, who can play in attack or as a winger, played 14 minutes in the 3-1 win over Fulham at the Select Car Leasing Stadium in April, alongside Southampton midfielder Ethan Burnett and former midfielder Tottenham midfielder Michael Craig. He then played the full 90 minutes for Reading against Middlesbrough as a left winger, in a game the Royals lost 2-1.

The teenager, who joined Villa from Wimbledon in July 2019, has played regularly for the Under-18 and Under-23 sides since then, while also featuring in the FA Youth Cup for Aston Villa. But now he will be looking for new pastures and Reading could consider signing the 19-year-old to bolster their attacking options.

Currently, the Berkshire side can only sign free agents or players on loan due to transfer restrictions in place following breaches of the EFL’s profit and sustainability rules. Reading are yet to sign a new signing this summer so far, with Paul Ince only having nine senior players under contract ahead of the new season.

If signed, Abldeen-Goodridge would likely be mainly involved at Under-23 level with Noel Hunt’s side, but with just Lucas Joao, George Puscas and Yakou Meite as senior attacking options, he could be involved at the first-team level, in particular. in pre-season to bolster the numbers.

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