Just 24hours before the carling cup third round draw it was announced that Ibrahima Sonko has signed a three year deal at Stoke. Stoke have undoubtably got a bargain as they bagged Sonks for a measley £2M.
Reading have now been drawn away at Stoke in the Carling Cup, and could face both Sonko and Kitson in the game. There would be strong irony if either player were to score against us in the cup. Both players played such a key part of the Reading team that were promoted in the 05/06 campaign
One would hope that having known both of these players for a quite a few years that Reading would hold the significant advantage in knowing how to keep Kitson quiet and beat Sonks at the back. However, Kitson and Fuller up front could prove to be a real handful and Reading's back fours will need to be sharp and focused in order to prevent any clear cut chances for the two big strikers.
Reading now need to find a decent replacement centre-back and soon. Even with Sonko playing the defence was rather shaky against Charlton last weekend conceding four goals away from home, and Coppell will need to resolve this if Reading want to find an immediate return to the Premiership. Hopefully they can get three points in the right direction on Saturday against Palace who themselves are struggling in the early part of the season. Come on URZ!!