The Royals have several first-teamers out of contract this summer and will be keen to tie many of those players down to new deals – but will be forced to release some due to the need to reduce their wage bill.
If they fail to do so, they will be punished with a further six-point sanction from the EFL next term with the governing body and the second-tier side agreeing to a business plan back in November.
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This hasn’t stopped the second-tier outfit from attempting to strike agreements with some of their key assets though, with Andy Yiadom, John Swift, Josh Laurent, Tom Holmes, Andy Rinomhota, Femi Azeez and Junior Hoilett all thought to have been offered new deals.
According to the same outlet, Swift has been offered a new three-year deal at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, though it’s currently unclear whether he will put pen to paper with interest from elsewhere. Yiadom is expected to extend his stay in Berkshire though.
Six players that may not be so lucky are Nyland, Thomas, Barker, Halilovic, Araruna and McNulty, with the latter five failing to make a real impact during their time at the club. Nyland, however, was one of the first names on the teamsheet during his short time at the club after joining in March.
The Royals have made good decisions on the latter five if this report is on the money – because none of them really did enough to earn themselves fresh terms at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
In fact, the man who could probably feel most aggrieved out of the quintet is Terell Thomas who didn’t put a foot wrong during his two games for the club but didn’t get enough time on the pitch to prove his worth.
Unfortunately, Halilovic wasn’t fit enough to earn fresh terms and like Thomas, Barker didn’t play enough either.
The less said about McNulty’s time in Berkshire the better – and all parties will be happy to move on including the player who never really had the chance to show his worth. In fairness though, he didn’t exactly do enough when he did play, so the Royals were perhaps justified in sending him elsewhere.
Nyland is perhaps a surprise departure though – because many people would see the Norwegian as a solid second-tier keeper despite his errors against Stoke City and Luton Town. However, he is certainly replaceable.