Jobi: No need to panic buy in JanuaryBy Jonny Fordham
November 14, 2012
Jobi McAnuff believes the only way Reading will spend big in January is if they are cut adrift in the relegation zone.
Speculation is already rife as to who Royals might buy in the new year, with owner Anton Zingarevich publicly declaring there is a wish-list with 10 players’ names on it.
Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin is rumoured to be heading up the Russian’s most wanted players, but Reading captain McAnuff feels that major surgery is unlikely to be needed.
The 31-year-old winger said: “If we’re 10 points adrift in January then he will probably want to change things around, but we don’t think that’s going to be the case.
“We believe that what we have here is good enough.
“Who knows what January will bring? As players you face challenges every day and if people come in you take that on board and get on with it.
“There’s no point sitting thinking about something you can’t affect.
“We can only affect what we can do on a Saturday and the training pitch.
“We can’t be too worried about what is said in the press. If you went around worrying about what will happen in a few weeks then you would take your focus off what you have to do in the next match.”
Zingarevich spent time at Royals’ Hogwood Park training ground recently, watching training and sitting in on a team meeting held by manager Brian McDermott.
Reading’s owner also spent time with McAnuff, analysing a start to the season which has left the club still waiting for their first Premier League win after 10 games.
“We had a general chat about how things are going and what we feel we need to do to get that win,” said McAnuff as Reading prepare to face fourth-placed Everton at home on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
“It was very positive and it’s really good that he has that keen interest and is very open about it. Those lines of communication are always open and it’s not as if things are happening and they’re trying to do stuff we don’t know about. We are all together and will continue to be.”