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Some great results in the second month of the season - who was most valuable in continuing Jaap Stam's impressive start as Reading manager?

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In alphabetical order...

Paul McShane

Average rating: 6.17 (5 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Huddersfield H)

Captain Fantastic has been a huge part of Jaap Stam's early success, his leadership at the back proving key in a number of tight games in September. Four wins in the month all decided by a single goal - McShane was at the heart of the back four for three of those, being rested for the EFL Cup match at Brighton. Amazingly despite the Royals poor disciplinary record overall, the Irishman has only picked up one yellow card all campaign, in the opening day win over Preston. And if you come to football to be entertained... he can do it at the other end of the pitch as well!

Liam Moore

Average rating: 6.33 (6 appearances); MOTM wins: 2nd (Huddersfield H)

The only Royals player to start all six games in the month of September, Moore has shown exactly why Stam was so patient in chasing his signature. Despite not playing a senior game of football since January (ironically at the Madejski for Bristol City), he's come in and looked right at home alongside McShane, starting the last seven games of our eight match unbeaten run. A steadying influence and comfortable on the ball, the future looks bright for the 23-year-old in blue and white.

Stephen Quinn

Average rating: 6.17 (2+4 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Brentford A), 2nd (Brighton H), 3rd (Birmingham H)

Quinny only started two of our six September games but showed just how much influence he can have as he picked up the most top-three awards in our Man Of The Match polls. Opened the scoring in our EFL Cup win at Brighton with a thunderous strike, and in his time on the pitch has shown the energy and perseverance we've come to expect from the Irish international. With such a busy schedule in the Championship, he will certainly have worked his way into Jaap Stam's plans for the next few months.

John Swift

Average rating: 6.17 (4+2 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Barnsley A), 1st (Brighton H)

Last month's winner, Swift has continued his impressive start to his Reading career with another raft of influential performances in the centre of the park. Two more stunning strikes against Brighton and Barnsley to add to his highlight reel, Swift has shown himself to be a real game-changer in such a short time - he's currently leading the Royals' scoring charts with four in all competitions, and he's been the source of just about everything good going forward.

Those are your four nominees - get voting! We'll announce the winner very soon...