Saturday 7 December 2019

Meyler desperate for chance

Ireland international David Meyler
Ireland international David Meyler

Ireland international David Meyler has revealed his frustration at the lack of game time at Reading, and the fact that he's being blamed for the side's struggles at the bottom end of the Championship table even though he has rarely played.

Meyler had high hopes when he moved to Reading from Hull City in the summer but it's been a disaster.

He has started just five games for the Royals, has not played for them in 16 weeks and did not even travel for last week's draw with Rotherham.

Reading fans have used social media to criticise Meyler and the time he spends playing games online but he insists he's committed and is doing all he can to get back into the side.

"I get hammered off fans [on Twitter] every weekend when I haven't played since September. You'd swear it was all my fault," he says.

"Trust me, I'm desperate to play for Reading and to win games. People think I'd rather sit on FIFA which is nonsense. I'm doing everything I can to get back into the team but for some reason or another I'm not getting a look-in.

"I know I can add something to the team but I haven't been given a chance in months.

"I came here excited to play for Reading and I've not been able to do that. I'm working hard to change it so fingers crossed."

Compatriots John O'Shea and Paul McShane have also struggled for game time with the Royals, currently one place outside the relegation zone.

O'Shea (37) has managed just five starts while McShane (32) has not even featured in the squad since August and may seek a January move to kickstart his career.

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