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2015/16 Analysis & Opinion

Views on various Reading FC subjects during the 2015/16 season

Oliver Norwood: The New Danny Guthrie?

After his man of the match performance against Nottingham Forest, Wimb looks at just what the midfielder offers the team and if he can be compared to a less successful Reading midfielder...

How Many Points Do You Need To Stay Up?

There have been a few people nervously looking over their shoulders towards the bottom three in recent weeks but do Reading have anything to worry about heading into tonight's game with Forest?

Opinion: Reading Shouldn't Have Sacked Steve Clarke

Bucks takes a look back at Reading's last manager, and thinks the club got a key decision wrong back in December.

What's in store for the Royals next season?

In this article, Michael will be discussing current season aspirations, and the outlook for next season.

Making The Jump: Can You Go From Mid-Table To PL?

Can a team go from zeroes to heroes over the course of one summer? We take a look at where promoted teams have finished the prior season to see how confident Reading fans should be of a turnaround.

How Important Is The First Goal For Reading?

Matches can turn on moments of brilliance, lucky breaks, or controversial decisions. But how much has the first goal in games affected Reading's results over the years?

FR: Doing a job, Sloppy Refs & Abject Finishing

Is 'doing a job' enough? Were Reading robbed? What do we have to do to score regularly from open play & what's Kermorgant's role? Wimb analyses the talking points from Saturday's draw with Cardiff.

Reading Players' Futures: The Squad In The Long Term

Bucks' in-depth take on the Reading squad.

Who Are Palace's Danger Men?

Hapless Palace are without a league win in 12, but who are the Eagles' key players? We had a look ahead of the FA Cup clash with the Royals.

Fulham Further Reading: Norwood, John And More

Bucks' in-depth look into Saturday's game against Fulham at the Mad Stad.

How pivotal is Chris Gunter to Reading?

Chris Gunter recently signed a new two year contract keeping him at the club until 2018, but just how important is the Welshman to the Royals?

OPINION: Welcome Back Pards

Last year saw the return of Phil Parkinson, now it's Alan Pardew to trying to play the role of FA Cup villain. So how should fans reflect on his time at the club?

Mad Stad Matchday Experience Needs Work

The club have let the matchday experience steadily decline over the years, but it looks like they've made moves to get it back on track.

How Good Is Our Academy?

Next up in our week-long look at Reading Football Club, Wimb revisits the very first topic discussed on this website in 2011, the state of Reading's academy.

What Is Reading FC's Transfer Strategy?

Next up in our State Of Reading FC series, Olly takes a look at how the club goes about their transfer business.

Further Reading: Why Reading Earned A Point

Bucks' in-depth analysis on Reading's draw with Burnley.

What Are Our Ambitions? Do We Have An Identity?

This week we are running a series of articles analysing the state of Reading FC. Kickstarting us we look at how we should judge the club's ambitions and identity.

Reading Might Have Their Blackman Replacement

Plus a look at the strike partnership and weird wingers.

What Is Reading's Best Team?

With Reading struggling for form, Bucks asks the obvious question. But is there more to it than that? Well, as it happens, yes.

OPINION: Reading Fans, What's With The Pessimism?

There's an apparent air of negativity in the Reading FC social media sphere, and Olly's here once again to talk directly to the haters.

Further Reading: Ipswich, Away Day Woes & The Tshibola Factor

Wimb takes a deeper look at issues coming out of the Ipswich defeat including narrow margins, late goals & the absence of Aaron Tshibola.

Brian’s 2016 Action List: Part 2

After providing Brian McDermott a wish list for sorting out Reading FC's goalkeeping and defensive issues, B+W Jester takes a detailed look at improving the midfield and attack.

Brian’s 2016 Action List: Part 1

Unbeaten in 2016, there's still issues within RFC's squad that if Brian sorts could just make the season. Yet which is most pressing and do you agree?

OPINION: Williams & The Central Midfield Conundrum

Danny Williams has been a source of great goals & moments of great play this season. However, @Readingfanman takes a look to see if perhaps there is more to unlock from the centre of the Reading midfield.

Chris Gunter: To Sign or Not To Sign?

With Gunter's current contract ending at the end of the season, Becka takes a closer look as to whether it is important to keep hold of the Welshman or whether its time to see a fresh face at right-back.

Are Reading An Ambitious Club?

Amid the selling of Nick Blackman to Derby, some fans & even those in the media have once again slammed Reading for showing a lack of ambition. Yet just what should count as being ambitious in 2016?

Your Verdict On Reading's Loan Players

We asked you to vote on the futures of Reading's six loanees and here are the results.

Why Selling Blackman Makes Sense

Rumours emerged this morning of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County vying for Nick Blackman's signature to a largely negative response on social media. Hoops doesn't think it's so bad.

OPINION: The State Of Play

Not every Reading fan can be at every game but sometimes infrequent trips can give a different perspective to those watching week in, week out.

Further Reading: Reading FC 1-0 Bristol City

Reading picked up their second win under Brian McDermott with a late 1-0 win over Bristol City at the Madejski. But what more can we take from the game?

Which Loanees Should Stay Beyond January?

Should Tim Dellor drive Vydra back to Watford? Should Hector and Piazon carpool back to Chelsea? We want YOUR verdict on Reading's six loanees.

Window Shopping: What Might Reading Do In January?

Brian McDermott's had a few games to get used to the players at his disposal but what transfer business might he do in January?