Training frequently with the senior group in recent weeks, the 20-year-old enjoyed a solid run-out in Saturday’s Training Centre friendly against Reading – hitting the post in the second half and going close on a couple of other occasions as we won the behind-closed-doors contest 1-0.
Speaking about the Royals encounter and pre-season in general, the former Southend United and York City loanee feels the recent opportunities given to him by Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino have proved invaluable to his development as a player.
“It’s been great so far, the fitness work we’re doing is obviously at a different level to what I’m used to with the Under-21s and I feel like I’m taking a lot on board and learning a lot from the manager and the players,” said Shaq, who also featured in last weekend’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Southend.
“The main thing about pre-season is just getting your fitness back and I thought we ran around against Reading and we worked hard, so that’s what it’s all about.
“I hit the post but I’ve been working on my finishing so hopefully by the time the season starts I’ll be at a higher level.
“I thought it was great to see how I could do against a Championship defence and I’m happy with how it went.”