Reading endured a difficult start to the season following on from their play-off heartbreak in the previous campaign, but the Royals are just showing signs that they may have turned the corner.
Jaap Stam’s men have averaged two points a game from their previous seven outings, with one defeat coming against leaders Wolves. Even in that game, they were denied a thoroughly deserved point because of some heroics in goal from John Ruddy.
Victory at Sunderland made it back-to-back successes ahead of the home game against Cardiff on Monday and Reading will be looking to maintain this form to cut the big nine point gap that’s between them and the top six.
The upcoming January transfer window could be critical if the Royals are to have a positive second half of the campaign, but Stam may want to trim his squad before making the necessary additions.
Here we look at two players who could be shipped out on a temporary basis next month…