Reading have endured a somewhat difficult start to the season following a poor run of results, but with the playoff pack remaining in reach, manager Jaap Stam will know things could be a lot worse.
The Championship table is tight, and a couple of wins could put the Royals firmly back in the mix, but consistency will be key if Reading are to be considered anything other than a mid-table side.
The hangover from the playoff final defeat last season has set the club back, but with the January transfer window just around the corner, Stam will know that he has the perfect opportunity to strengthen his squad.
The Royals spent big in the summer, bringing in the likes of Dave Edwards and Sone Aluko for big money, so funds may be tight at the Madejski in the new year.
All’s not lost for Stam however, and with his U-23 side performing well in the Premier League 2, the Dutchman may consider these two rising stars for first-team affairs in the next few weeks…