Date: 28th September 2015 at 8:19pm
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Reading needed to build their strike force throughout the summer and they certainly did that with signings of Orlando Sa, Matej Vydra and a upturn in form from a certain Nick Blackman.

Nick Blackman- 10-

Blackman has been in absolutely incredible form. Nick has scored 8 goals in all competitions, which is the same as our top scorer last year and we’re only in September. This lad hasn’t just scored goals, he produced two assists in our fantastic 5-1 home win against Ipswich and he’s created plenty of other chances. Considering this time last year, Blackman was struggling to get on our bench, this is like a new signing and he, along with Clarke, deserves a lot of credit for this unreal change in form.

Orlando Sa- 8-

Orlando Sa was signed for around 1m and he looks to be another brilliant coup in our near perfect summer. Sa started his Reading career with a heartbreaking last minute penalty miss away at Birmingham. However, since then, the forward hasn’t looked back. His hold up play has been impressive to say the least and when he finally got his first goal away at Brenford in late August, he added to it straight away with a sublime hat-trick against Ipswich. However, the Portugese was then sent off at home to Derby, costing us three points. This moment of madness where he headbutted Shackell has whistled his rating down from 9 to 8. Hopefully Orlando will get the stupidity out of his game, resulting in him being a top player for us.

Matej Vydra- 7-

Vydra was a deadline day signing for Reading. He was brought in by Clarke to score us the goals to take us up. Matej has yet to do so as of yet and has now sustained an injury. He put in one hell of a shift on his debut against Ipswich, struggled against Derby and showed numerous qualities against Bristol City. Unfortunately, he’s not had the service he would’ve liked. I’m certain Vydra will score over 15 goals this season.

Hal Robson-Kanu- 7-

Despite all of the criticism Kanu gets, I feel he’s started this season fairly well. HRK has been playing in his favoured central position and has relished being used there. However, a mixture of injuries and Blackmans terrific form has meant limited opportunities for the Welsh International. I’m sure he’ll get his chance during the season and let’s hope he can prove his worth.