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Reading Get Second Win Of Season

14 September 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

An exquisite free kick by John Swift after sixty-four minutes brought this dour struggle to life and sparked a furry of late goals to secure Reading's much needed second victory of the season. Having broken the deadlock, Puscas set up Dele-Bashiru for Reading's second three minute later as Peterborough fell apart. The visitors managed to recover their composure and pulled a goal back through Thompson with a far post header. Given the frequency with which the Royals have conceded late goals recently, the home fans could be forgiven for fearing another late collapse. Learning from recent disasters Reading managed the game well and went for a third goal which duly arrived in spectacular fashion from Dele-Bashiru two minutes from the end of normal time. Swift slipped him a pass outside the box and Peterborough gave him sufficient time and space to beat Pym with an outstanding dipping and swerving strike.

Transfer Window Closes

01 September 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading failed to sign a striker as the summer transfer deadline passed. Free agent Andy Carroll remained a solid rumour throughout transfer deadline day but he failed to sign after being released by Newcastle United in the summer. Reading are left with a stronger midfield and defence after a busy final week of the window but fans will be left frustrated by the lack of a goalscorer with long term injuries to our better striking options.

Paunovic would have started the season feeling reasonably confident about the back line, despite the lack of a left back, with Moore and Morrison in the middle. However, our goalscoring issues have been overshadowed at the back where Reading have suffered so far this season. We have already conceeded a whopping 16 goals in just 6 games. With that in mind the signing of centre-back Scott Dann is a big boost. The 34 year old was released by Crystal Palace and will bring loads of experience to Reading after signing a one-year contract. He made over 180 appearances for Palace and will hopefully look comfortable after dropping down a division.

More experience arrived after former Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater joined Reading on a season loan from Chelsea. Drinkwater has struggled recently with injuries and issues off the pitch after his high profile move to Chelsea after Leicester won the Premier League. His impressive performances atr Leicester not only led to trophies but an England call up where he made three appearances for the Three Lions. He comes to Reading looking to get his career back on track after some tough times where he has struggled to get matches. If he can rediscover even some of his form at Reading then he could be a massive signing this season as Reading look to turn a poor start around.

Reading's Summer Signings

  • Abdul-Rahman Baba - Chelsea left back - signed on loan
  • Danny Drinkwater - Chelsea midfielder - on loan
  • Tom Dele-Bashiru - Watford Midfielder - on loan
  • Alen Halilovic - Midfielder - free transfer
  • Junior Hoilett - Winger - free transfer
  • Scott Dann - Defender - free transfer
  • Reading Thrashed At Huddersfield

    28 August 2021
    By Hob Nob Anyone?

    Reading's poor start to the season continued as Huddersfield enjoyed a straight forward victory. The Royals are quickly getting used to conceeding goals this season, but these four with no reply will heap the pressure on the manager as his side slip to 21st in the early Championship table. Reading are the only side to have already conceeded double digits goals in the opening five games having let in 13. The next closest is eight. The league table is not a pretty sight.

    Reading did not get close in this match and recorded just a single shot on target compared to the home side's eight. New signings Alen Halilovic and Junior Hoilett were both names in the team with Hoilett starting and Halilovic coming on for his debut with twenty minutes left to play. Neither made an impression as Huddersfield were dominant. They could have been ahead from a free kick before taking the lead before half time. After the break it was all one way traffic as three more were conceeded. Reading were thankful to keep things slightly respectable by holding out for the final 22 minutes at 0-4.

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    The Royals Looking to Make Loan Move

    23 August 2021
    By Hob Nob Anyone?

    Reading are facing a crucial few weeks, with the transfer deadline approaching. The club are in need of new players to help them get over the hump after a struggling start of the season.

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    A transfer embargo has hindered the Royals, with a cap on the type and amount of signings they're allowed to make in the summer. Fortunately, Reading have at last begun to make some headway in the window, with two players arriving to boost the squad, in the form of Tom DeleBashiru and Junior Hoilett. However, Veljko Paunovic's squad are still short on players in key areas. One position they'll want to improve on is left-back, after Omar Richards' departure from the club.

    A Move For Lowe

    The Sun has now reported that Reading have made a move for Max Lowe, who they're hoping to land the Sheffield United defender on loan. Sheffield United are thought to be ready to allow the player to leave on a loan deal after his play has failed to convince manager Slavisa Jokanovic that he can make a big difference to the club this season. The loan move rather than a signing is based on the financial situation at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

    Reading are believed to consider Lowe the perfect player to follow Richards after he moved to Bayern Munich in the off-season.  This was after giving a trial to former Newcastle United and Watford left-back Achraf Lazaar in the pre-season. A deal has yet to be offered to the player, however, which means that the club still needs to decide on who will replace Richards.

    Swansea City in the Mix

    There's believed to be competition for the services of Lowe, as Barnsley are keeping track of the player in case interest emerges in Callum Styles. A report was also out there that Swansea City was a potential suitor for Lowe as they try to replace Jake Bidwell, a player Middlesborough has shown an interest in.

    Sheffield United rejected a move by Nottingham Forest for the player, as they try to try to secure a new left-back before the deadline. Tom McIntyre has played in the left-back role this season, but the position remains one of need. Ethan Bristow has also played at left-back.

    Lowe arrived in Sheffield last summer, along with Jayden Bogle in a joint deal from Derby County worth £15 million. He was a United squad player 33 times last season, although he was only given seven starts. The club were relegated after they struggled in their second season in the Premiership.

    Failed to Land

    One player who Reading failed to land is Yuri Ribeiro. The left-back spent the last two seasons playing Championship football with Nottingham Forest, and had been linked with the Royals.

    However, the player travelled to Poland over the weekend to seal a move to Legia Warsaw, the reigning champions of Ekstraklasa. A statement from Legia said that he was expected to sign after a medical. Ribeiro has now signed with the club.

    The Reading manager said after a recent 2-1 defeat to Coventry City that the transfer market continues and that they will be looking for new additions until the last day.