|Federici started the season number one but clangers in two games coupled with worries over a knee injury have seen Federici dropped. A row over comments on social media won't have helped his long term chances of a recall.
|One of the bright spots of the season so far has been the performances of McCarthy. He put in Man Of The Match calibre displays against West Brom and Swansea and his saves at the Liberty ensured we escaped with a point.
|Taylor hasn't yet been on the pitch but he has now moved up to the bench after Federici's troubles.
|One of our most expensive signings ever now finds himself out of the starting lineup. Gunter gave away a penalty at Chelsea but didn't look too bad at West Brom and can consider himself slightly unlucky.
|Cummings would have considered himself somewhat unlucky to start the season as second choice to Gunter but has grasped his chance since earning a recall at QPR.
|Have we seen the last of Ian Harte in a Reading shirt? The veteran full-back struggled in the first three games and with his trademark set pieces being way under his usual high standards, his dropping was almost inevitable.
|Shorey might have expected to start the season in the team but had to bide his time as Brian stuck with Harte. Harte's poor start gave Shorey a chance & he's put in a string of steady displays while scoring a great free-kick at QPR.
|Have to feel a little sorry for Pearce who put in some decent performances amongst a poor defence. McDermott elected to go with a pacier option in Mariappa and Maps has done enough to keep Pearce out so far.
|Mariappa also had to be patient to start the season but after a poor start to the season he earned his chance against QPR and looked decent against Newcastle & Swansea.
|I don't think Gorkss has done overly well to start this season and as one of just three ever presents, he's been part of a defence to concede 16 goals in 8 games. Has to up his game to keep Pearce out long term.
|While he's been limited to just a few minutes at QPR, there was some good news for Morrison as he signed a new deal to keep him with the club another four years.
|Jimmy missed the first four league games but returned to Premier League action with a goal against Newcastle. He didn't overly impress at Swansea but it's great to have him back fit.
|McCleary has really blown hot & cold so far. He looked electric against Stoke, Chelsea and Peterborough but then faded against Spurs and West Brom. Now relegated to the bench since Kebe's return.
|Robson-Kanu started against Stoke but has just one start since while earning a few minutes from the bench. He did score against Spurs while could have snatched a late equaliser at West Brom so he's looked pretty good as a late impact sub.
|Jobi has divided the fanbase this year, with some saying he's not good enough and others saying he's been one of few good performers. For my money the truth lies somewhere in between for our captain. What isn't up for debate is that he's created plenty of goals.
|Guthrie came into the season being proclaimed as a great buy and talking up his England chances. Poor results led to him being dropped & Guthrie's own twitter comments suggesting he doesn't fit in to a 'direct team' have not gone down well with Brian.
|Tabb can't have been expecting many starts this year but managed to earn a place in the first XI against Swansea and put in a decent shift. Will likely drop out of the team when Leigertwood returns but for now he's on the up.
|Jem has been in and out of the side this year but put in a fine display against Newcastle as well as signing a new contract at the club.
|Leigertwood will probably admit to the fact he's not been at his best so far this year. He was looking better against Newcastle before a dead leg stopped his participation at Swansea. Hopefully we'll see more of Newcastle Ledge than West Brom Ledge.
|Can't imagine Bryn was expecting to be near the side this season and he duly hasn't been.
|ADAM LE FONDRE
|After being a super sub for most of last season, Alfie returned to the starting lineup and made a goalscoring start to his PL career against Stoke. He set up another against Spurs but hasn't otherwise had a lot to go on and has been replaced by Noel Hunt.
|Pog came to the club with heavy expectations and while two Premier League goals isn't a bad return, it's not quite been the explosive start we might have hoped for.
|Noel wasn't really expected to feature a great deal with Pog, Alfie and Roberts all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order. But Hunt was given a chance against QPR and then scored back-to-back goals against Newcastle & Swansea.
|Church hasn't had a sniff this season as a contract row has denied him the chance to leave the club on loan.
|Suspension and injury has limited Roberts' impact this season but a couple of promising cameos against Newcastle and Swansea suggests he could still be a key player this year