Harper - Kebe's our Henry

Reading midfielder tips new signing to shine

Kebe: Rave reviews

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James Harper believes Reading new boy Jimmy Kebe is set to take the Premier League by storm, likening him to former Arsenal star Thierry Henry.

The Mali international made his debut for the Royals in their 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday, and was denied a debut goal by a last-gasp Phil Jagielka tackle.

Harper believes that the £400,000 signing from Lens has all the attributes to be a vital asset to the club as they look to claw themselves away from the Premier League relegation zone.

"Jimmy is a bit like Thierry Henry as he is lightening quick, elegant and tall. He certainly looks alright," Harper told the Reading Evening Post.

Very fast

Winger Stephen Hunt also praised the new recruit saying: "Jimmy looked promising when he came on.

"I haven't seen much of him to be honest, but it was a nice introduction away at Everton.

"I only saw him in training for the first time on Friday because I was away on international duty with Ireland.

"He looks positive and is very fast, but John Oster played well in the position too."