Reading have had a poor start to the season and that has seen Jose Gomes replaced by new manager Mark Bowen.
The Royals have lost five of their last six games, and that has meant that they have slipped into the relegation zone.
Over the summer there has been a number of players that left and come in to the Reading squad, so Bowen will be eager to see how he can shape the correct starting eleven.
With players now getting a second chance at getting into the team with the new manager, here are THREE fringe players who need to impress between now and January…
The Scot hasn’t played much this season, and has been a frustrated figure on the Royals’ bench. More recently, he hasn’t even made the match day squad and that will have dented his confidence.
Adam still has experience to offer, and he can be a helpful arm around the youngsters as they look to try and breakthrough into the first-team. The midfielder knows Bowen well from their time at Stoke together, so maybe he’ll get a few opportunities to impress in the coming weeks.
The youngster was on the verge of moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers on deadline day, but it never materialised, and he made it clear how upset he felt about the situation.
It’ll be interesting to see if the highly-rated teenager can find a way into Bowen’s plans, and make Reading offer him a new contract, with his deal up in the summer.
Loader has played for England at youth level, and he’ll be hoping he can get more of a chance than what was given to him under Gomes.
McCleary trained with the Reading first-team for the first time in five months today, and that was due to Gomes telling him he had to train with the under-23s.
He is now back in the mix, and has an opportunity under Bowen to forge a way back into the match day squad before his contract runs out.
He’s been at Reading for seven years now, but this could well be the final one unless he improves drastically and shows why the Royals still need him.