It’s been a pretty miserable month or so to have been a Reading fan. Over the course of August, the Royals won just one game in all competitions, a Carabao Cup victory over Birmingham City - before being dumped out of that tournament by Watford a few weeks later. Even if performances were sometimes encouraging, Reading’s league form was dire. In all, they managed just two draws and four defeats in their opening six encounters.
Note: the Sheffield Wednesday defeat doesn’t count as it came on September 1.
There are four contenders for this month’s award, and we’ve given you their average score from our player ratings and number of man of the match awards (as voted by you) to help you make your choice. In no particular order, they are:
It’s been a rollercoaster month for Liam Moore who started the season under the cloud of a transfer request. Having missed the first two games of the season, Moore backed down on that request to play in every remaining game for the Royals.
He finished August with the highest average score from our player ratings, but didn’t claim a man of the match award. Off the pitch, he signed a new five-year contract that appears to commit his future to the club.
Average rating: 5.6 (5 appearances); Man of the Match awards: Nottingham Forest (1st).
Despite fading towards the end of the month, which wasn’t helped by an injury that kept him out of the Bolton and Blackburn games, Ilori started August strongly. The Portuguese centre half put in commanding performances against Derby and Forest, the latter display winning him man of the match.
Average rating: 6.1 (7 appearances); Man of the Match awards: Nottingham Forest (2nd), Birmingham City (3rd), Blackburn Rovers (3rd).
A strong start to life in Berkshire from Reading’s summer signing, Yiadom took the right-back spot from the injured Chris Gunter. His 6.1 average mark is second only to Liam Moore.
Average rating: 5.9 (7 appearances); Man of the Match awards: Nottingham Forest (3rd), Birmingham City (1st), Bolton Wanderers (2nd), Watford (1st).
It’s been an up and down month for the young Frenchman, but his work-rate and commitment seems to have endeared him both to you and Paul Clement. The forward, who spent last season out on loan, has featured in every match so far this season, scoring once - a well-taken finish against Birmingham City. You voted him man of the match in both Carabao Cup exploits.
Which player impressed you the most in August? Vote in our poll just below - if you can’t see it, click this link.