Reading are hovering just above the relegation zone and are out of the bottom three on goal difference after 17 matches.
Paul Clement’s side have won just six matches since he took charge back in March and have struggled with consistency this term.
The January transfer window is coming up, and with the Royals struggling, there will be eyes on their prized assets.
Clubs who are fighting for promotion could well look to take advantage of Reading’s shortcomings and offer their better players a Championship lifeline.
One such player who could attract interest is Liam Moore.
Having only signed a new five-year deal in the summer, he had wanted to leave the club before agreeing terms having handed in a transfer request.
He has gone on to make 15 appearances this term, scoring once.
And with the Royals struggling at the foot of the table, teams higher up the division could swoop on the defender and release him from what is turning out to be a disappointing season for him and his current side.
If Moore is poached in the New Year, here are three potential replacements Reading must consider.