Tom Huddlestone says the testament of Steve Sidwell's ability is how he's transferred his performances from the Championship into the Premiership this season.
Sidwell is one of the driving forces behind Reading's superb debut season in the top flight alongside the likes of midfield partner James Harper, winger Stephen Hunt and striker Kevin Doyle.
Named the best player outside the Premiership by Four-Four-Two magazine in 2004, Sidwell, 24, was also in the Championship Team of the Season as Reading stormed to promotion last season.
Tom knew plenty about Sidwell's quality before he joined us from Derby having crossed swords with him four times in his time at the Rams.
And if anyone at the Lane needed introducing, Sidwell scored Reading's second goal in our 3-1 defeat at the Madejski Stadium in November.
"I think he's just continued in the Premiership how he played in the Championship," said Tom at Spurs Lodge this week. "He's scoring his goals and he's a good footballer. He also does what I would call the 'dirty' side of the game well as well."
It was pointed out that description would suit Reading as a whole - a team with plenty of quality that also do those dirty things well.
"They work ever so hard and that can be put down the the manager they have in Steve Coppell," he added.
"To make a make in the Premiership when you first come up is all you can ask, you need that little luck as well but they've certainly done more than that this season."
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