Reading have certainly take a number of teams by surprise in the Championship already under the management of Veljko Paunovic.
The Royals have struggled for consistency in their results in recent seasons, which has seen them languishing at the wrong end of the second-tier standings.
But Paunovic seems to be doing something right, with the Berkshire-based side winning their first four league matches of the season, which means they’re currently sat second in the Championship table.
We’ve already seen a number of players sign and depart for the Royals over the summer, but it could be an interesting conclusion to the summer transfer window, with Paunovic looking to move on the so-called ‘deadwood’ before the deadline.
We take a look at TWO Reading players who could still leave the club by Friday’s 5pm transfer deadline.
Some Reading supporters could be forgiven for forgetting that Smith was actually still contracted to the Royals.
The forward came through the club’s academy setup, but has been unable to force his way into the first-team on a regular basis in recent seasons.
Smith spent last year’s campaign on loan with Cambridge United, and it really wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him heading out on loan ahead of a permanent move this term.
He has previously been linked with a move away from the Royals, and will surely be looking for regular minutes elsewhere, as he’s well down the pecking order in Paunovic’s plans for the immediate future, with the club eager to move him on according to Berkshire Live.
Baldock is another Reading forward that is unlikely to see much game time in this year’s league campaign.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion striker has fallen out of favour at the Madejski Stadium, and is now behind Lucas Joao, George Puscas and Yakou Meite in the pecking order.
Therefore, you would imagine that he is another player that could be tempted by a move elsewhere before Friday’s transfer deadline.
He has shown his quality in the past with Brighton in the Championship, and it would be interesting to see how the Royals would respond if an offer was to come in for his services.