Reading have made a hugely impressive start to this year’s league campaign under the management of newly-appointed boss Veljko Paunovic.
The Berkshire-based side are currently sat top of the Championship table after their opening 11 matches of this year’s campaign.
But the Royals have been beaten in their last three league matches, and Paunovic will be eager to see a positive response from his players when they return to action against promotion rivals AFC Bournemouth in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
The Reading boss isn’t exactly blessed with a considerable amount of squad depth this season, and has often relied on a number of the club’s younger players in recent weeks, as they look to cope without some key players due to injury problems.
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It could be an interesting January transfer window ahead for the Royals as well, as Paunovic looks to add much-needed strength in depth to his team.
But for that to happen, some of the so-called ‘deadwood’ will need to be moved on, although it remains to be seen as to whether they’ll have any potential suitors.
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Baldock has struggled for consistent game time in the Reading team for a couple of seasons now, and he’ll surely be tempted by a move elsewhere in the January transfer window.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion forward has made just five appearances in all competitions for the Royals this season, and is behind Lucas Joao and George Puscas in the pecking order in Paunovic’s plans.
He has a considerable amount of experience of playing to a high standard in the Championship, and you would imagine that Reading will be eager to get his wages off their books in the near future.
Watson is another player that has rarely been involved in the first-team plans in recent seasons.
The full-back is now 23, and will surely be looking at settling down at a club that can offer him consistent game time in the EFL.
Watson has previously been out on loan with the likes of AFC Wimbledon and Coventry City in the past, and will be eager to find a new club, with first-team opportunities highly unlikely under Paunovic’s management this term.