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2021/2022

Reading

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Michael Olise (r) (mid) Crystal Palace; Omar Richards (r) (def) Bayern Munich; Alfa Semedo (sp) (mid) Benfica – end of loan; Tomas Esteves (r) (def) Porto – end of loan; Lewis Gibson (sp) (def) Everton – end of loan; Sam Smith (att) Cambridge Utd; Sam Walker (gk) Kilmarnock; Sone Aluko (sp) (att) released; Sam Baldock (sp) (att) released; Conor Lawless (mid) released; Jayden Onen (mid) released; Oli Pendlebury (mid) Wycombe; Ryan East (mid) released; Tennai Watson (def) released

Despite off the field problems, Reading had a remarkable start last season. Under little-known Serbian Vejko Paunovic they were seven points clear at the top in late October. However, with a thin squad the Royals couldn’t maintain their form and heartbreakingly finished just outside the play-off spots. No new additions have been made to the squad so far as the club is operating under a transfer embargo. The situation remains uncertain, and it is unclear whether the Royals will be able to sign anyone before the summer transfer window closes at the end of August. Fortunately, there has been so far only two significant departures. Exciting young forward Olise (who made 46 appearances last season) has gone to Crystal Palace while left-back Richards has been snapped up by German giants Bayern Munich. Reading have also been hit by an injury to important attacking player Yakou Meite. The Ivorian, who hit 12 goals in 25 appearances last season, is set to be out for several months with a serious knee problem. Reading still have a core group of talented players but the problem is that at the moment they still don’t have a big enough squad to sustain a serious challenge for a top six place. This could change in the coming days / weeks depending on if their transfer embargo is lifted.

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Should be aiming for a play-off place but if they are unable to add to their squad then being safe in mid-table is a more realistic goal.

Season Review
2020/2021

№7: Reading

A bizarre season for Reading and one that will overall be an immense disappointment. The Royals had suffered financial issues last summer, meaning they reduced their squad size and did not make many additions. They also strangely replaced manager Mark Bowen with little-known Veljko Paunovic. The Serbian has overall done an amazing job but it could have been so much better. A stunning start to the campaign had Reading top of the Championship by seven points at one stage. Lucas Joao weighed in with 22 goals and Yakou Meite also looked good when he was not injured. The unsung hero, and ultimately player of the season, was Josh Laurent who performed in the centre of the park. Youngsters Michael Olise and Ovie Ejaria continued to impress. But there is a lingering concern that Reading's off-field problems could continue into next season with Paunovic unable to confirm he will be at the club next season. The squad was too small overall this time around to force a bid for the top six and they probably need more signings, if they have the money to do so.


Player of the Season: Josh Laurent

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