Lots of Everton fans have taken to Twitter to discuss Joao Virginia’s imminent move to Championship side Reading on loan, where he will become Royals boss Jose Gomes’ first signing.
The 19-year-old enjoyed an eye-catching debut season in the Everton Under-23 side last term after joining from Arsenal, keeping nine clean sheets in 13 appearances.
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Toffees boss Marco Silva has already said that the Portugal Under-21 glovesman is ‘on another level’, whilst Under-23 boss David Unsworth was very pleased with the teenager after his debut against Leicester.
The 6 foot 3 stopper came through the academy at Benfica, following in the footsteps of names such as Jan Oblak, Ederson and Julio Cesar – all of the aforementioned points make him sound like a precocious young goalkeeper.
It will be good for Virginia to go out on loan and get some game time under his belt, as his chances of first-team football at Everton were only made more difficult after the signing of Jonas Lossl – meaning there are now three keepers in front of him.
Let’s see what the Everton fans on Twitter have been saying about the news…
Decent move as long as Joao plays,pointless going there to be a sub
— Mike Mcguinness (@Mysteryman79) July 5, 2019
Come back a monster
— ? (@gowens1878) July 5, 2019
Championship 1st team football is miles better then the under23s
— Liam Casey (@Lcasey87) July 5, 2019
Fantastic news. Can develop now
— Elliot? (@elliotbrimagei1) July 5, 2019
If he is going to be first choice that’s a great move for a season ??
— Everton (@Everton160987) July 5, 2019
We’ve got 3 senior keepers plus him, at least when he comes back Stek is out of contract, perfect situation for him
— mark van marle (@markvanmarle) July 5, 2019
Good but he needs to play games, no good him going there if he is only going to be on the bench
— Kevin (@KUEFC) July 5, 2019
Makes sense. Needs game time and number 3 with us. Invaluable experience be gained playing week in week out.
— Nick (@newtownnick71) July 5, 2019
A friend at work is a Reading STH. His view is, if Virginia goes, he has every chance of being their No.1 for this season. And their defence is a bit rubbish, so he’d be busy. Could be a great opportunity for him.
— Mike Lawson (@mikelawson92) July 5, 2019