Brian McDermott: Jimmy Kebe comments show how much he cares

Jimmy Kebe: Thinks Reading should have spent more in the summer

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Manager Brian McDermott says Jimmy Kebe's attack on Reading's transfer policy simply proves his passion for the club.

The Royals spent less than £5m over the summer, a fact Kebe angrily alluded to following Monday night's 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal.

"We are in big trouble," said Kebe. "We should have bought some decent players in the transfer window. We are a good Championship team trying to compete in the Premier League, that's it."

McDermott refused to condemn Kebe's remarks and said: "What it shows is that Jimmy Kebe, like every other player here, cares. He really cares, we all care.

"Jimmy cared last season when he signed a new contract and he wanted the club to get promoted, which we did.

"Jimmy Kebe loves his football, he loves this club, he loves working for us and he's very much part of what we're trying to do here.

"The owner (Anton Zingarevich) cares, the chairman cares, I care, the fans care and Jimmy Kebe cares. All our players want the club to do well, first and foremost.

"Let's hope a 'good Championship side' can get the points we need to get to wherever we need to get to.

"I'd like to think that we have enough decent players and that we can get the points we need. The summer's gone and all we can do is affect what happens now."

And McDermott added that the club may be able to make some new signings during the January transfer window.

"Our current squad could be strong enough to get us out of trouble, we will see in May," he said.

"We'll see if we can add players in January, sometimes you add a couple of players and that freshens things up.

"It helps to make the rest of the squad better as well, so that could definitely be a good thing for us."

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