Reading have had an absolutely sensational season so far in the Championship and will be hoping for a good January to continue their challenge for promotion.

The Royals appointed Jaap Stam as manager over the summer and it’s turned out to be a stroke of genius, as the former Manchester United legend took over from Brian McDermott and improved this Reading side immensely.

Stam finds his Reading side flying high in third place and will be hoping for a strong January to add to their ranks, improve the squad and try and chase an automatic promotion spot, despite a six point deficit between themselves and Newcastle.

A win in their game in hand, though, and the gap between Reading and Newcastle could be cut to just three points.

However, cuts may be needed to the squad in order to make room for new signings and there are certainly players who may feel their future lies elsewhere.

Getting rid of some deadwood could generate funds to bring in better players.

Here are two players Jaap Stan should axe this week to make room for some added additions to take the Royals to the Premier League.