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Jon Dadi Bodvarsson
Average rating: 7.00 (4 appearances); Man of the Match awards: 1st (Stevenage H), 1st Brentford (H), 1st (Burton A)
Having previously struggled to cement a place in the side, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson sprung into life in January. The Icelander netted a hat-trick against Stevenage that saw Reading through the fourth round of the FA Cup, whilst he also bagged a brace in the only league win of the month at Burton. Bodvarsson is now the Royals’ top scorer this campaign and has become a hit with fans due to his goalscoring exploits and strong work ethic.
Average rating: 6.17 (7 appearances); Man of the Match awards: 1st (Birmingham H), 2nd (Stevenage H), 2nd (Burton A)
For a man so often unfairly criticised, Chris Gunter has been one of the only players to come away relatively unscathed in this recent run of bad form for Reading. He recorded a hat-trick of assists in his 250th game for the Royals in the home game against Stevenage, and even netted a rare goal last month too - a superb curling effort from just outside the box against Burton. In Paul McShane’s absence, the Welshman has captained the team and tried to galvanise this group of players evidently low on confidence.
Average rating: 6.25 (4 appearances); Man of the Match awards: 1st (Stevenage A), 1st (Hull City A)
Due to Jordan Obita’s injury and Jaap Stam’s seeming distrust in Tyler Blackett, 19-year-old Omar Richards was given a run of games at left-back in January before picking up an unfortunate hamstring injury against Brentford. He showed plenty of promise in that time though, looking comfortable and not out of place in Reading’s backline, suggesting that he is more than capable of making the step up to first team football. A very exciting prospect.
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