Player Profile – Dominic Samuel

Samuel is an England-born striker from Southwark. Standing at 6ft2, he is tall enough to win his fair share of headers and then turns on the jets with his pace.

Samuel came through the academy at Reading and after a stellar 2011-12 season with the under 18’s, he was awarded for his 13 goals in 14 games with his first professional contract on 17th December 2011.

He had to then wait 7 days short of 12 months before making his professional debut in the Premier League. He came on in the 72nd minute in Reading’s 3-0 defeat to Sunderland on the 11th December 2012. Less than a month later he was loaned to Colchester United on a one-month loan, where he made 2 appearances.

A year later on 9th January 2014, he joined Dagenham & Redbridge on a month-long loan. He waited just 3 days to make his debut and within 45 minutes was off taken off with a knee injury. Reading later confirmed that his loan had ended has he would new surgery to repair the injury.

Samuel made his 2nd Reading appearances on the 3rd January 2015 in the FA Cup against Huddersfield. Shortly after he was loaned to Tony Mowbray’s Coventry City for the remainder of the season. Samuel would finally get a run of competitive games under his belt. Samuel scored on his debut against Rochdale and would then go on to score 6 in 13 games. Then during a 1-0 loss to Leyton Orient on 1st April, he fractured his Ankle. Again, ending his loan early.

Samuel then made 2 more appearances for Reading in August 2015. He then had to wait until 13th November 2015 for an emergency loan move to Gillingham. The original agreement was until the 10th December 2015, it was then extended until 2nd January 2016 and then again until 28th January. Samuel stayed for the rest of the season, playing in 25 games for the League One team, scoring 7 goals.

In the 2016/17 season, he finally got a run of games for Reading. He played 12 games and 3 for the Under 23’s in the Football League Trophy. He scored his first senior goal for Reading on the 19th November 2016 against Burton Albion and then scored his 2nd and last goal for Reading on 17th December 2016 against Blackburn Rovers.

Samuel would play 2 more games for Reading before going on loan to Ipswich on the 31st January 2017. He played 6 games and was unable to score a goal.

Samuel made his debut England under-19 against Portugal on 7 October 2011. He then scored his first goal for the under-19s in his next match, against Ukraine, in a 3–1 victory on 9 October 2011. He finished with 2 goals in 3 games.

He has now signed for Blackburn Rovers on 19th July 2017 for a reported £500,000 on a 3-year deal


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