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First XI numbers for Guthrie, Robson-Kanu and Morrison as Drenthe is dropped from squad list.

Laurence Griffiths

As ever with squad numbers, those in the first XI are adjudged to be those valued the most, but it's hard to say that with The Royals' list this season.

The full list is as follows (via ReadingFC.co.uk):

Squad List 2014/15
1 Adam Federici
2 Chris Gunter
3 Stephen Kelly
5 Alex Pearce
6 Sean Morrison
7 Pavel Pogrebnyak
8 Danny Guthrie
9 Hal Robson-Kanu
11 Jordan Obita
12 Garath McCleary
13 Reading Fans
15 Michael Hector
16 Hope Akpan
18 Aaron Tshibola
20 Alex McCarthy
21 Jem Karacan
22 Nick Blackman
23 Daniel Williams
24 Shaun Cummings
25 Jake Taylor (shirt to read J.Taylor)
26 Pierce Sweeney
27 Craig Tanner
28 Aaron Kuhl
30 Dominic Samuel
31 Mikkel Andersen
32 Sean Long
33 Shane Griffin
34 Niall Keown
35 Jake Cooper
36 Ryan Edwards
37 Jack Stacey
38 Liam Kelly – (shirt to read L.Kelly)
39 Tariqe Fosu
40 Stuart Moore
41 Daniel Lincoln
42 Jonathan Henly

With plenty of academy players occupying the upper tier of numbers, we see Adam Federici retain the No. 1 jersey, and Stephen Kelly holds onto No. 3. What's more, Jordan Obita has risen to No. 11 and Robson-Kanu takes Le Fondre's empty No. 9 slot. Jem Karacan, possibly at his own request, is now No. 21 with young central midfielder Aaron Tshibola up to No. 18.
We also understand that Jake Taylor has asked to keep the 'J' before his name.

The omission of Drenthe is worth noting, even if it's unsurprising. This is another nail in the coffin of his Reading career, now we know he has pulled on the shirt for the final time we must await his departure.

Any comments on the team? Will our inability to line up 1-11 frustrate you? Leave a comment below.