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Average rating: 6.67 (3 appearances); Man of the Match wins: 1st (Leeds United A), 2nd (Nottingham Forest H)
It might have taken a month or two for Bacuna to find his feet in Berkshire, but now he’s well and truly up and running. The Curacao international has looked dynamic wherever he’s been deployed but truly stood out at full-back during October. He won your vote for man of the match after helping the Royals to a clean sheet at Leeds, whilst he made his mark at the other end of the pitch in our impressive 3-1 victory at home to Nottingham Forest, driving forward on the counter to set up John Swift for the opener. With Jordan Obita sidelined for the rest of the year, let’s hope Bacuna and Gunter can continue to impress in the wing-back roles.
Average rating: 6.75 (4 appearances); Man of the Match wins: 2nd (Sheffield United A), 3rd (Nottingham Forest H), 3rd (Leeds United A)
Another new signing to have made an instant impact in Berkshire. Mannone’s shot-stopping has been nothing short of stunning in the last few weeks, the Italian making numerous key saves to keep opponents at bay and twice help the Royals preserve wins. At Leeds, it was a last-minute penalty save to deny the Lilywhites a point, whilst he made three world-class reaction stops against Forest to ensure all three points stayed safe. A commanding presence at the back, and certainly a goalkeeper that the entire team has confidence in - Mannone’s consistency has been key to the Royals’ recent mini-revival.
Average rating: 7.0 (2 appearances); Man of the Match wins: 1st (Sheffield United A), 1st (Nottingham Forest H)
He might have only made two appearances in October, but even in that limited time Swift managed to show that finally, he might have come back to the top of his game after a quiet few months. He won your man of the match vote at Sheffield United, despite only coming on for the last half hour, whilst it was against Forest he truly marked his return with two excellent goals - the first from Bacuna’s charge forward, the second an exquisite lob after a one-two with Modou Barrow. He might have only played for 120 minutes in October but that was enough to show one thing: when Swift is on form, things happen.
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