Reading have one of the best youth academies in the country, with several top level players having come out of the academy at the Madejski Stadium.
However, Jaap Stam will be looking at his current squad and wishing that at least a few previous players could stumble into his side.
The current side lacks a real talisman up front who can be relied on to score 20 plus goals every season, and the midfield currently lacks a player who can dictate the tempo of the play.
Paul McShane could really do with a calm, experienced head to partner himself at the centre of the defence as well, and with nobody fully convinced by Ali Al-Habsi in goal, a Marcus Hahnemann or Alex McCarthy would be highly appreciated now.
Here are THREE former Reading players who would fit in seamlessly at the club now……