It’s safe to say that it’s not been the ideal move for Sam Baldock at Reading, after switching to the Berkshire-based side from Brighton and Hove Albion back in the summer of 2018.
Baldock arrived at the Madejski Stadium with an impressive record in front of goal with the Seagulls, having played his part in their promotion-winning season, with his strike partnership with Glenn Murray playing a crucial role in their success.
But the forward has struggled for consistent game time with Reading, and his future with the Royals certainly seems bleak heading towards the January transfer window.
Baldock has made 54 appearances in total for Reading, and has scored 11 goals in a tricky few years for the Berkshire-based team, who have been nowhere near their best under a number of managers.
However, that seems to have changed since the appointment of Veljko Paunovic, with the 43-year-old guiding Reading to top-spot in the Championship after their opening nine matches of this year’s campaign.
Baldock’s lack of game time has continued though, which will be frustrating for the forward, with Paunovic feeling as though he has better options available to him at this moment in time.
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With the impressive form shown by the likes of Lucas Joao and George Puscas, it seems likely that Baldock will continue to be frozen out of the Reading starting XI, which is a decision that is likely to be backed by many of the Madejski Stadium faithful.
Baldock has made three appearances this season, with two of those coming in the EFL Cup, where Paunovic opted to make a number of changes to his starting XI, as his focus was on their league campaign. The 31-year-old was also used as a late substitute against Derby on the opening day of the season, but hasn’t been in the matchday squad since their win over Cardiff City in late September.
Even with a hectic schedule in the Championship, Baldock hasn’t featured for Reading, which suggests that his days with the club are likely to be numbered.
Reading are set to return to action on Wednesday evening, when they take on Preston North End, where they’ll be hoping to maintain their 100% record at home with a positive result against Alex Neil’s side.