There is plenty of change at the Madejski Stadium as Reading’s summer overhaul is in full swing.
New manager Jaap Stam has pre-season to secure his targets, meet his players and get his side ready for the opening fixture – at home to Preston.
Reading have a big season ahead and they are so unpredictable that literally anything could happen.
Whilst some optimistic factions of Reading fans are anticipating a season of competing for promotion, there are also those at the other end of the spectrum who are dreading a relegation battle.
The Jaap Stam experiment could go either way.
Their new foreign signings could prove to be a revelation or a disaster.
Uncertain times lie ahead at Reading but they just need to retain the core, recruit wisely and start the season brightly. That’s why it is imperative that Stam gets his team right on the opening day.
Here is a possible starting XI for that first game…..