This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Terrace Talk‘ series, which provides personal opinions from our FLW Fan Pundits regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
After a poor season last year, Reading will be looking to push up the table next season.
Last year, they came too close to the bottom of the table and were firmly part of the relegation battle.
Despite having transfer restrictions imposed upon them, Paul Ince is eager to make the right additions to allow his side to have a more secure season.
However, amongst this, players are leaving the club and it was recently announced that Andy Rinomhota was departing for Cardiff City.
Therefore, we asked FLW’s Reading fan pundit Johnny Hunt for his thoughts on the player’s departure: “Yeah, disappointed to see Andy Rinomhota leave.
“He’s been at Reading a long time, he’s a good player.
“But again, he has had a couple of injures and if he’s been offered a better deal, we can only offer limited money and contracts.
“Good luck to him. But for me it’s you want people who want to be at the club and fight you know, it’s going to be a tough season. Holmes has signed up, Yiadom’s signed up, that’s the players we need there.
“Rinomhota will be missed but hopefully we can get somebody in that does a similar job. Good engine, heart, passion and work rate that will hopefully have a point to prove as well.
“I think there’s a number of players out there in the free transfer market, I think Mark Bowen’s got his eye on the prize, he knows who he wants to bring in so interesting times. ”
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This departure certainly is a loss for Reading ahead of the new season but as Johnny rightly points out, given the current financial position that the Royals find themselves in, they are not in a position to be bending over backwards to suit players’ needs.
There are certain players who are clearly committed to the cause at Reading and prepared to stay and put in a shift to help out the club next season and whilst Rinomhota would’ve contributed to that had he stayed, he will not be the difference either.
For Mark Bowen and the staff now, the job is going out to find someone who can come in as a suitable replacement and make a difference at the club.