Reading have had a fairly poor start to the season as they slipped into the bottom six on Saturday after defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
It is something that the Royals have seen before, and after the summer overhaul of new players into the squad, Jose Gomes will be disappointed with his sides points tally after the opening eight games of the campaign.
Strikers George Puscas and Lucas Joao joined the club in the summer transfer window, but have both been out of form in the last three fixtures, with the Royals losing all of them.
They have hit the target just once since a victory over Huddersfield in mid-August, and will be hoping to change that heading into the third round Carabao Cup clash against Wolves.
One man who’ll be hoping to challenge for a spot in the forward line is striker, Yakou Meite. The Ivorian was influential in the Royals keeping their spot in the Championship last season, as he finished the club’s top scorer and in doing so became a fans favourite in Reading.
Since then, Gomes hasn’t played the striker as much as he would have liked, and he has started just three matches in the league this season, whilst also missing a penalty in the win over Cardiff.
This will be frustrating for Meite, who will probably feel that he deserves more of a chance in the Royals side having been so crucial last season.
The problem for Reading and Gomes is that they don’t have a consistent scorer. There’s not someone on the pitch who you think will guarantee a goal if they are to get a chance.
It’ll be interesting to see if he’s opted up top for the cup clash against Premier League Wolves, as it could be the perfect opportunity for him to showcase his ability as he looks to earn his place back in the Royals team.
It could turn out to be a massive night for Meite who will feel that ahead of the Royals’ tough run of games that he should be starting. It’s easy to understand his frustration, seeing two new strikers walk into the club and start ahead of him, but he now needs to put his head down and show that he is improving and can still be a big player for Reading.
The Royals are the last Championship side in the competition and they’ll be hoping Meite and the rest of the side can guide them into the last-16.