November may be over, but we need to find out who you thought should be named Reading’s player of the month. In total there were only four games, with a thoroughly mixed bag of performances to go with them. To recap, that’s Bristol City (3-2), Ipswich Town (2-2), Wigan Athletic (0-0) and Leeds United (1-0). We’re not counting the 2-2 draw with Stoke City as, well, it was in December.
So far, Andy Yiadom, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Anssi Jaakkola have won the awards this season, but who’ll join them? We’ve narrowed the list down to four candidates based on performances, our player ratings, and generally what we’ve made of them. You can vote for your favourite at the bottom of the piece.
Average rating: 6.00 (3 appearances); Man of the Match awards: Wigan Athletic (1st), Leeds United (2nd)
The big Finn has continued October’s fine form - which won him the player of the month award - with some increasingly confident performances between the posts. His saves were key to keeping (pun intended) Reading in the game at both Wigan and Leeds, with just one goal shipped between those two away trips. That said, he looked much shakier against Ipswich Town, and his distribution has been up and down in general.
Average rating: 6.00 (4 appearances); Man of the Match awards: Bristol City (1st), Leeds United (1st)
November was the month that academy graduate Andy Rinomhota grabbed hold of a spot in the side and kept it. Paul Clement trusted the youngster with a starting spot in all four matches, and it’s fair to say that Rinomhota is now very much part of the first-team set-up. His composure and driving runs forward have earned him rave reviews from the fans, and invited comparisons with former Royal Danny Williams.
Average rating: 6.33 (3 appearances); Man of the Match awards: Bristol City (3rd)
The Curacao international has quietly but impressively gone about his business in Reading’s midfield and is now one of the first names on the team-sheet. The Wigan game, when Bacuna was rested, emphasised how much we miss his energy and physical presence when he’s not in the side. Although he only managed to get into the top three for our MOTM awards once, his average rating (6.33) was the highest of anyone in the squad.
Average rating: 6.00 (4 appearances); Man of the Match awards: Ipswich Town (1st)
Although Meite ended the month quietly, looking isolated at Wigan and Leeds, he started it in fine goal-scoring fashion. Three goals in two home matches continued his purple patch in front of goal, and was followed by a call-up to the Ivorian national side. Those finishes weren’t just tap-ins though. All three showed a level of composure and quality that wasn’t there previously, so it’s great to see him continuing to develop as he has.
You can vote for your player of the month below, or through this link.