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Player Of The Month - January 2017

A wobble in the middle of the month, but the Royals finished January strongly with three consecutive wins. Who impressed you most to kick off 2017?

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In alphabetical order...

Liam Kelly

Average rating: 6.71 (6+1 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Manchester United A), 1st (Derby County A), 1st (Fulham H), 1st (Cardiff City H), 1st (Birmingham City A), 2nd (Bristol City A)

December's winner has once again continued to impress in January. Six starts, for which he won five of your man of the match awards. That one game he didn't start was the match at Bristol City, where he came on and completely changed the game, helping the Royals come from 2-0 down to win 3-2. The 21-year-old has shown an instant aptitude for Championship football and looks to be one of the first names on the teamsheet at the moment - some praise, when that department includes the likes of John Swift, Danny Williams and George Evans. The sky is the limit, and Royals fans are delighted to see one of their own shining so brightly.

Yann Kermorgant

Average rating: 6.60 (5+1 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Bristol City A), 1st (QPR H), 3rd (Cardiff H)

The Frenchman seems to be getting better as he grows into Jaap Stam's side, and this was an impressive month from Kermorgant. Three goals in January, and three key goals they were too - a brace to complete that incredible comeback at Ashton Gate, and the winner at home to Cardiff City towards the end of the month. As ever his hold-up play has been missed when it's not there, but his finishing seems to have improved of late too. With the deadline day arrival of Lewis Grabban, perhaps Kermorgant can reach even greater heights as the campaign draws to a close.

Paul McShane

Average rating: 6.25 (4 appearances); MOTM wins: 3rd (Fulham H)

The captain might have missed three matches due to injury but he's shown that commitment to the cause in battling through his wrist problem, and making a number of trademark last-minute challenges. His partnership with Liam Moore is one of the most important in this Reading side - as Olly pointed out earlier in January, our record when one of them is missing, is poor to say the least. Stam's possession tactics are built from a solid base, and McShane is one of the key components of that foundation.

Those are your three options - we'll reveal the results very soon!