Having been somewhat bemused by the fact that the Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni didn’t even consider him for Ireland’s recent friendly with Poland Harte has gone on to show the Irish manager just what he is missing with some fantastic performances for Reading in recent weeks.
Having made the move to Reading from Carlisle in 2010 Harte was an integral part of the Royals side that gained promotion to the Premier League this season and although his game time has been limited it would seem that having started the last ten games his place is no long in doubt.
Going into this weekend’s clash with fellow strugglers Aston Villa Brian McDermott’s side are fully aware of the possible repercussions should they fail to win the game as are Aston Villa.
While Reading’s recent defensive record does not inspire confidence in the clean sheet having conceded six goals in their last two games, Villa have been far from free scoring on the road this season and have only managed 15 goals away from home and when you put that in context to the 30 Manchester United have scored away from home, it becomes ever more apparent as to why they are in the position they are in.
Harte of course will be well remembered from his time at Leed’s and it seems that he hasn’t lost his touch when it comes to set pieces in fact the former Levante man has three assists in his last four games, proving that at 33 he still has the ability to play at the highest level.
With Manchester United and Arsenal to come in the following too games Harte’s value may be short lived but with Reading knowing that three points here ahead of those two tough games could take a huge amount of pressure off them, their performance rate is sure to be high.