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6 Reading FC Players Looking For A Fresh Start Under Paul Clement

With a new manager comes new opportunities - can any of these six players seize theirs?

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Tyler Blackett

Where do I start? He has been nowhere near as good as he was expected to be. Maybe it was the style of play he was asked to adopt, but I doubt it. He will be looking to wipe the slate clean under Paul Clement and look to start again. He needs to put in several good performances in the run-in to make anyone believe he deserves a place in the Starting 11.

Callum Harriott

Despite some good performances during the 2016/17 season, Harriott has been plagued by injuries and his time at Reading has been unsuccessful. This is through no fault of his own, however he will be hoping for a fresh start under Clement. If he gets himself fit I could see next season being a success for the former Charlton Athletic man.

Paul McShane

Him and Liam Moore were pivotal for Reading last season. They both put their bodies on the line for the club and were incredibly passionate, but this season has been a different story. Paul needs to put this season’s difficulties behind him and prove to us why he’s the leader of the side. At the moment he’s not as much of a fan-favourite as he once was, but when he’s fit he needs to push on and show some fight to keep us up.

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Sone Aluko

A big-money transfer in the summer, but this season could have hardly been worse for the former Fulham man. He’s been losing the ball too easily and not making the most of the chances he’s being given. Again, it may be the style of play, but if he wants to prove to the fans why the owners spent a considerable amount of money on him, he needs to start improving.

Joseph Mendes

Again, Joseph is a player who has been hit by a lot of injuries during his stay in Reading. He showed glimpses of his ability in the back-end of last season, but he needs to get himself back fit and make up for lost time in a Royals shirt. If he is available for the run-in and helps us stay up, he could quickly become even more loved by the fans than he already is due to his feats at Villa Park last season.

Vito Mannone

Mannone has put in some good performances this season, but some below-par ones led to him being dropped to the bench in place of Anssi Jaakkola. On his day, he is a quality goalkeeper, and we’ll be hoping to see that on more occasions this season if he’s restored to the team. After falling out of favour under Jaap Stam, he will need to wipe the slate clean under Clement, because I don’t think anyone can deal with Jaakkola any longer.