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Midweek Musings

A Royal Road Trip

Allow Ross to get a little personal this week as he recounts his first trip to see Reading play in almost three years!

Musings: Why Reading Won’t Repeat Autumn 2021’s Collapse

Despite poor recent results, this season doesn’t have the same feeling as last.

What Even Is Reading’s Best Possible XI?

...and will we ever see it?

Musings: What’s Reading’s Striker Hierarchy After The International Break?

After adding Andy Carroll and Shane Long this summer, Reading went into a break with a "good problem": who starts up top when everyone is fit?

Now What? Shifting Expectations For The Season

With Reading’s hot start catching their own fans out (let alone the national press!), the boys now have a fantastic seven-day stretch in which they should show us exactly where our expectations should actually be set this season.

Baba Rahman is Baba-Back!

Any Royal still awake?

Three Positive Subplots To Watch In 2022/23

With Reading outperforming early expectations, there’s a lot to enjoy about the 2022/23 squad so far. Let’s pick out three fun storylines to follow.

A Game Plan For Kelvin Ehibhatiomham

After Ehibhatiomham's first goal in the League Cup this week, it would be a shame to not see him get his chance this season.

Midweek Musings: Three Royals Who Will Be Hoping For A Big Season

It’s a big season in Berkshire! But for some players, it may mean just a little more than others.

Midweek Musings: The Yiadom Years

Yiadom’s new contract gives us something to look forward to next season, and deserves serious respect.

Musings: Previewing Reading’s Summer Recruitment

With a seemingly better recruitment hierarchy in place, where on the pitch, and in the world, should Reading be looking for reinforcement this summer?

Musings: Three Lessons Reading Must Learn from 2021/22

In a rehash of last year’s Musings on the same topic, let’s look at the key takeaways Reading must take from this season: on and off the pitch.

Musings: Three (And A Half) Positives From Reading’s 2021/22 Season

No, really, there were positives.

Musings: How Should Reading Deploy Tom McIntyre Next Season?

McIntyre’s versatility has led to him being called upon all over the park in the past two seasons, but where would it be best for him to get a long run in the team?

Musings: What’s Reading’s Backup Plan If Lucas Joao Isn’t Available In 2022/23?

Difficult as it is to stomach, whether through injury or a sale, Reading may be forced to confront next season Joao-less. What are our options if that’s the case?

Musings: What A Difference A Year Makes

Reading have renewed momentum. They must make use of it on their second consecutive visit to Oakwell on April 2.

Musings: It’s Time For Ejaria To Get His Chance More Centrally

Ross explains why the Royals should consider using Ejaria through the middle.

Musings: Reading’s Bizarre Issue With Substitutions

With the bench being back to reasonable strength, now is the time to course correct from the repeatedly poor substitutions.

Three Changes Paul Ince Could Make To Immediately Improve Reading

If Ince can rectify glaring and repeated issues made by Veljko Paunovic, his interim reign has a chance to get off to a great start.

Who Should Replace Veljko Paunovic?

With Pauno’s exit seemingly not far off, who are the key candidates to keep an eye on?

Classic Game Spotlight: Reading 2-2 Chelsea

Revisit the night Adam Le Fondre cemented his legend as the ultimate super sub.

January Signings 2022: Where Do Reading Need Reinforcements?

While the temptation is to say "everywhere", there are key areas of Reading’s squad that must be improved before the window closes.

Até Logo Rafael! Remembering the Brazilian’s Best Games

Rafa, who left this week for Cruzeiro, proved to be a match-winner for the Royals on a fair few occasions.

There’s No Easy Answer To Reading’s Liam Moore Conundrum

A (very) deep dive into the complicated situation Reading find themselves in with their long-suffering captain.

Midweek Musings: Why Pauno Is Undeniably The Man For The Job

Pauno’s reign isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, but for Ross, the gaffer's brought passion and belief back to our club.

Midweek Musings: What’s Up With Ovie Ejaria?

Ejaria’s brace against Fulham was one of the most memorable moments of the season, but since then his stats have been in rapid decline. What’s going on?

The Mount Rushmore of Reading Strikers

With Jahmari Clarke’s recent emergence as a new option for Reading’s striking corps, let’s run through the best Royal finishers of all time.

Midweek Musings: Ranking The Most Important Royals To Re-Sign

With 13 players on contracts that expire at the end of the season, who are the most important for Reading to re-sign?

Adam Federici, Reading Legend, Hangs Up His Boots

A retrospective on a royally rock-steady career.

Classic Game Spotlight: West Ham 2-4 Reading

Revisit the second of two fantastic wins against the Hammers in our 11/12 promotion season.

Classic Game Spotlight: Reading 3-0 West Ham United

To celebrate our 150th season, let’s revisit some of the greatest moments ever played out in blue and white hoops.

Musings: Are Promotion Or Relegation Feasible With A 6-9 Points Deduction?

Given Reading’s recent upturn in performances, where can we hope to land this season?