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2019/20 Analysis & Opinion

Reading’s Increasingly International Transfer Strategy

The data shows that while Reading have made more use of the international transfer market in recent years, the lower leagues have been overlooked.

Hopes vs Expectations: What Do We Want From 2020/21?

After years of underachievement, and modest improvement in 2019/20, Sam looks into what next season may have in store.

This Summer Needs To Be A Hard Reset At Reading

Olly explains why half measures won’t be sufficient as Reading attempt to get the books in order this summer.

The State Of Play With Reading’s Squad

Taking stock of the state Reading’s squad is currently in, part-way through a busy summer rebuilding process.

Garath McCleary: The Man Who Made Messi Look Sh*te

The winger and his magic feet have departed Reading after eight years at the club.

Understated And Underappreciated: Thank You Chris Gunter

The Welshman is leaving Reading after eight years in the blue and white hoops.

Are Reading Moving Forwards Or Standing Still?

Sim finds that, although there are reasons for positivity from the 2019/20 season, progress has stalled in other areas.

The Story Of Reading’s 2019/20 Season

The longest of all seasons is finally over.

Not Ovie The Moon... But Not The End Of The World

Ovie Ejaria may not be joining Reading permanently, but is that the disaster some fear it might be?

Why Reading Should Move Mark Bowen To DoF

Adam explains why Bowen is the right fit for Reading, but perhaps not as manager.

Youth And The Future Of Reading’s Squad Building

As Reading head into another summer rebuild, Sim examines the extent to which the club could - and should - base its squad around the academy.

Sam Baldock On Reading Future, Club Not Being ‘Straightforward’ Behind The Scenes

Fresh from a goal and assist at Ewood Park, Baldock had some thoughts on what Reading is like behind the scenes.

Michael Morrison: Reading’s Unsung Hero

He rarely grabs any of the headlines, but Michael Morrison has been a one of the most consistent performers for the Royals this season, and fans are starting to take notice.

Reading’s Fantastic Five: What Role Could They Play Next Season?

It could be too early to be making bold predictions about next season...

The ‘What Could Have Been’ Generation Of Reading’s Academy

In 2014, Reading academy sides reached the FA Youth Cup semi finals and won the under-21 Premier League Cup, so why didn’t that success carry over into the first team?

A Cautionary Tale In Summer Tactical Planning For Mark Bowen

Previous Reading managers have developed systems in pre-season but failed to properly see them through.

Identity And Philosophy In Mark Bowen’s Reading

Nine months on from his appointment, what have we learned about Bowen’s footballing style?

TTE Roundtable: Should Reading Cash In On John Swift?

The playmaker’s future is up in the air after Premier League side Sheffield United reportedly put in a £3.5 million bid.

Should They Stay Or Should They Go? Assessing The Futures of Reading’s Out Of Contract Players

You voted on who you wanted to keep at the club.

Why Reading Need To Establish A Consistent Midfield And Attack

After being in a rebuild phase for over five years, can we finally find some consistency in our side?

What A Difference A Year Has Made For Chris Gunter

The veteran right back, who looks likely to leave at the end of this season, has upped his game significantly in 2019/20.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Reading’s Draw With Stoke

Calum finds plenty to draw from Reading’s return to Championship action: positive signs, worrying second-half regression and sloppy set-piece defending.

Mark Bowen: The Scorch Trials

Calum unpacks the situation that Mark Bowen and Reading are in... with the help of The Maze Runner film franchise.

Reading’s Return Is A Welcome, If Imperfect, Distraction

It’s football, not as we know it, but it’s still football.

Reading Need To Focus On Making Marginal Gains

Over the past few seasons, the Royals have not lived up to expectations, but smaller changes could pay off with big benefits.

How Should Reading Set Up After Lockdown?

The Royals essentially have a clean slate for team selection after a three-month break, so who should get the nod in the first team?

The Big Reading Recap: What Has Happened In Lockdown?

A pre-season, pre-restart mind nugget recap ahead of Reading’s return to action at the weekend.

The Evolution Of Reading’s Transfer Strategy

An extensive look into how the Royals’ approach to the transfer market has changed under different owners since relegation in 2008.

Academy Graduates Galore Next Season? Part Two

After looking at the goalkeeping and defensive positions in part one, our attention switches to midfield and attack.

Academy Graduates Galore Next Season? Part One

In a possible switch of transfer strategy, the Royals could involve more academy graduates in their first team squad next season.

OPINION: The Return Of The Championship Can’t Come Soon Enough

The EFL have set a provisional date of June 20 for Reading to start playing games again.

Blackett’s Departure and PL Interest For Moore: The Two Events That Could Affect Tom McIntyre’s Reading Career

The 21 year-old has been a promising figure for the Royals over the past couple of seasons.