Reading sent out a statement to the rest of the Championship with a comfortable 3-0 win over newly-relegated Cardiff City at the Madejski Stadium over the weekend.
The Royals dominated the game from start to finish, and fully deserved the three points on the day, which saw them move up to 17th in the league table.
One man that certainly made a good impression in the win was summer signing, George Puscas, who scored a first-half brace to give Jose Gomes’ side the advantage heading into the break.
The Romanian international’s first goal was a stunning one as well, as he picked up the ball in his own half, before running the length of the pitch, and finished in clinical fashion to give them the lead on the day.
His impressive showing went down well with the Madejski Stadium faithful, and they’ll be keen to see more of the same from Puscas as the season progresses.
But his good run of form in front of goal could be a worry for another Reading striker, who could see his opportunities limited if Puscas builds on these recent performances.
Yakou Meite had been Reading’s first-choice striker for much of last season, and the Ivorian scored 12 league goals in his first full season with the Berkshire-based club.
However, with Lucas Joao and Puscas arriving over the summer, it has seen Meite pushed down the pecking order in Jose Gomes’ plans for this year’s league campaign.
So, he’s likely to cut a frustrated figure at the Madejski Stadium right now, and he will have been irritated by his own performance against Cardiff off the substitutes bench.
Meite struggled to get into the game, despite Reading’s dominance on the day, and saw his penalty in injury-time saved by Alex Smithies.
He’ll know that he faces a real battle to work his way back into the starting XI, and simply has to take any opportunity that comes his way this season.
But for now, Meite will have to remain patient, as it seems highly unlikely that he is a better option to have in the Reading squad ahead of Lucas Joao and George Puscas.
Reading are next in action against West Brom, in what will be a tough test for Gomes’ side, as they look to build on the impressive showing against Cardiff in front of the Sky Sports cameras.