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2015/16 Analysis & Opinion

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

Making A Mark

Steve Clarke rotated his side heavily against Everton, giving much-needed game time to squad players and recent arrivals at the club. But what did their performances on the night suggest about their future in the team?

In Defence Of Michael Hector's Chelsea Switch

The defender sealed a last-gasp transfer to the Premier League champions on the last day of the summer transfer window, but is unlikely to ever play a competitive game for the Blues. So why make the move at all?

The Year We Got Our Reading Back

After the Zingarevich years caused many fans, including myself, to question their relationship with the club and indeed the manner of modern football, it took time abroad and positive new owners to revive my passion for Reading FC.

The Debate: Is The Royals' Squad Too Big?

An incredible 13 players signed on at the Madejski Stadium this summer, including five players on loan. We debate on whether Reading's squad is now too big?

Summer Transfer Window: Winners and Losers

Reading brought in a whopping 11 players to bolster a squad that could be challenging for promotion this season. But how has the rest of Reading's squad been affected by the host of arrivals? Bucks delves into who could be the winners and losers.

Sasima Vows To Clean Up Mess Left By Zingarevich

Reading's Co-Chairwoman Lady Sasima has been giving her thoughts on a range of issues at Reading FC as we get a little bit of extra insight into her motivations for buying the club.

The Big F'ing Russian Debate

So Pavel Pogrebnyak has gone but what legacy has the Russian left after his three years in Berkshire? Was he a cult hero or expensive waste of resources? Bucks & Wimb look at both sides of the debate.

Further Reading: Reading 0-0 MK Dons

Bobbins digs out the nuggets of joy from another almost quotidian stalement at the Madejski.

The Man With The Mic: A Farce Too Far?

There's been a lot to embarrass Reading fans off the pitch these past few years, but Matt Williams picks out one element that's really left him cringing...

Further Reading: Reading 0-0 Leeds

After a fairly turgid affair, Marc picks up the pieces and offers some more in-depth thoughts on how the Royals played against Leeds in Sunday's stalemate.

Should Hec Play Where His Shirt Number Suggests?

We've seen him play in midfield before, but should Michael Hector, now wearing number eight, feature there more often? Olly takes a closer look in the first edition of our weekly View From The Tilehurst End.

Captain Of Our Hearts

Prior to the season opening loss at St. Andrews, Paul McShane was handed the club captaincy by gaffer Clarke. Bobbins chews over the what qualities we need from our latest captain.

Further Reading: Birmingham 2-1 Reading

Reading narrowly lost to Birmingham City on Saturday in the season opener. In a new feature for the site, Bucks takes another look at where the Royals got it wrong.

Nick Blackman: The Debate

The striker has had an impressive pre-season but has previously failed to deliver. Is this a turning point or a false dawn? Let's debate.

Gossip Goal: Dissecting The Robson Kanu Rumours

It's been another mad summer of transfers. However, sorting the fact from the fiction has become increasingly difficult, as Marc discusses for TTE.

The Keeper Conundrum

Olly looks at the battle to be Reading's first choice goalkeeper between new signings Jonathan Bond and Ali Al-Habsi

Striking A Balance: The Art of Squad Development

Times are looking good at the Madjeski now, with cash available to Steve Clarke and players happy to sign. But should Reading be careful how they tread? And who of the current squad could stand surprise us next season?

Thai-ing Things Together

Bucks Royal takes a look back at the Royals' trip to Thailand, and examines what effect it's had on the club as a whole.

The Clarke Effect

Things are a'changing at the Madejski Stadium and it's all down to one man.

Jem Karacan: Too Big A Risk To Take

Olly looks at why Jem Karacan won't be missed if he moves to Galatasaray.

OPINION: Sa A Player Of Great Potential

Chris Lash keeps a keen eye on Polish football, writing the excellent Rightbankwarsaw blog. Also a Reading fan, Chris tells us what we can expect from rumoured signing Orlando Sa.