What Reading FC fans can expect from new striker McNulty

  • Jonathan Low
  • 11 July 2018, 16:00

Former Coventry forward Marc McNulty. Credit: PA

Reading FC have a fantastic all-round striker in Marc McNulty who is capable of scoring at least 10 to 15 goals this season.

That's the verdict of Coventry City reporter Andy Turner who has tracked the Scotsman's journey over the past 12 months.

McNulty was signed by Royals on a four-year deal at the end of last week after an outstanding season when he scored 28 goals in League Two.

Turner says although the striker is yet to play above League One level in his career, he is capable of proving himself in the Championship.

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"I can't see any reason why he can't make the step up," said Turner.

"He'll be playing with good players around him and better than at Coventry.

"It's a great opportunity for him. His attitude and hunger to do well is outstanding.

"He is very confident in his own ability and I expect him to get a minimum of 10 to 15 goals this season."


McNulty must fill the void left by Yann Kermorgant. Credit: Eddie Greville

McNulty, 25, has also represented Sheffield United, Bradford and Portsmouth in the lower divisions so far in his career but caught the eye last year with Coventry.

He capped a sensational season in front of goal by producing a man-of-the-match performance in the League Two play-off win over Exeter City at Wembley.

McNulty was brought in by Reading boss Paul Clement to add firepower to his side's attack and with Joseph Mendes and Yann Kermorgant leaving, the Scotsman has a large responsibility to carry the team with his goals.

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And Turner feels he can do just that, saying: "McNulty's strengths are his movement in and around the box and his workrate.

"He's got a bit of pace as well. He has a knack of getting in to fantastic positions so he's got a good footballing brain.

"He works his backside off and you can just tell he is a good team player. He is competitive but he channels his aggression very well.

"He doesn't get riled by opposition players. He does his talking with his feet and he is so difficult to play against."

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McNulty spent just a year with the Sky Blues after joining them last summer from Sheffield United.

The forward took almost four months to truly get going with City and Turner says McNulty had some convincing to do to get the fans on side.

"He had some setbacks and had a slow start actually at the club. He got quite a bit of stick as he only scored four goals in his first 17 games so he had to win over the fans.

"They were not convinced by him but but then the goals came in thick and fast and he went on a flurry of eight in nine games.

"The fans loved him in the end and were sad to see him go. He was a popular team player too."

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It is not known yet whether McNulty will be deployed as a sole striker by Clement or alongside another such as Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

Royals have few striking options as it stands but will almost certainly focus their efforts around McNulty.

Turner added: "Marc is good at running into the box and losing his marker and he thrives on linking up with other players.

"He is very unselfish. He usually played with someone else and at Coventry they have two big centre forwards so he would play with one of those."

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