Jose Gomes worked with some extremely gifted players during his time at Porto but the former Reading manager becomes animated at the thought of young Michael Olise.
“We are talking about a player who will bring people to the stadium,” he tells Sky Sports. “It is impossible not to feel happiness when watching his movements and his technical ability.
“He loves to play football and he has the courage to try magical things even in tight areas. Things that some players cannot even do in training, he will do them in a game.”
Now 19, the boy Gomes rewarded with a professional debut in 2019 is fast becoming a man, attracting the attention of the Premier League’s biggest clubs. Only Emiliano Buendia has provided more Championship assists than Olise, each of them from that sweet left foot.
A career at the top end of the game seems inevitable for the Hammersmith-born France U18 international but that might yet come sooner rather than later – with Reading.
Victory at home to Blackburn on Tuesday evening will further cement their place among the Championship top six. Olise’s role in that has been pivotal.
Whether operating on the right wing and cutting inside or entrusted with a central role, as he was in Reading’s hard-fought win over Rotherham on Saturday, he is the creator. Michael Morrison scored the winner but he recognises the importance of Olise that success.