Nigeria born Reading winger Michael Olise is having an impressive run in the championship with scouts reportedly beaming searchlights on the 18 year old
Since making his debut in 2019, the attacking midfielder who can play out wide has come on leaps and bounds for Reading in the Championship.
Blossoming under the tutelage of Serbian boss Veljko Paunović, his delivery has been his standout attribute as the French U18 international has come of age.
His form has helped The Royals rise to third in the table, while a host of Premier League club scouts are monitoring Olise closely.
Wolves had failed in a bid to bring him to Molineux in the summer even as he is expected to fetch between £30m-£40m in current transfer market.
In 2016, Reading took him on – and within three years he made his debut against Leeds United.
But it’s this season he’s grown into one of the most talked about footballers outside the top flight.
Over the weekend, Olise put on another swashbuckling display in Reading’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
His superb cross for Michael Morrison’s 53rd-minute goal to make it 2-0 was his fourth assist of the season – joint second in the Championship.
It was from his cross also in the 16th minute that led to Brice Samba flapping to allow Holmes to head the ball which led to Ryan Yates handling on the line and being sent off with Lucas Joao converting from the spot.
Former Reading defender Matt Mills said: “For a player of that age and quality, you’ve got to say he’s worth £30m-£40m now.”
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With the transfer window opening in January, there’s no doubt Olise will attract interest and some analysts believe scouts can hardly wait for the next transfer market to get started.
With four assists this campaign, Olise has progressed nicely since his debut in 2019.
His manager Paunović was full of praise for the teenager’s performance against Forest.
“Yes, he’s very talented,” he said. “In Michael we have seen a lot of progress this year. He is getting more minutes and competition and surrounded by a very good team, a group of leaders.