Reading have been struggling for form as of late, and a lack of goals appears to be the main issue at the Madejski. We have some great strikers who have been able to score goals in the past, but the goals seem to have dried up recently.
In Reading’s possession are strikers aplenty. Noel Hunt has scored 62 goals in his career despite being blighted with injury throughout; Shane Long has scored 24 goals for Reading even though he has not always been a first team player, and he has also scored 5 goals in 15 appearances for the Republic of Ireland.
Then there are the likes of Simon Chruch, a full international, and several young strikers who look promising for the future.
However, it is not about the future, and Reading is in need of some goals since loosing Gylfi Sigurdsson to Hoffenheim. Gylfi managed over 20 goals in all competitions last year, and that is what Reading miss.
With the loan window open, and the money around from the transfer of Sigurdsson, you’d think it would be the simple solution, but clearly it isn’t to the Reading backroom staff.
There is a lot of expectation on this current squad this year, or should I say there was. After the fantastic end to last season, with the superb cup run and ample victories in the league it was expected that such form would continue, however it doesn’t seem to be that simple.
Reading have now lost four Championship games and are yet to play some of the more difficult sides. They have lost to the likes of Scunthorpe and Bristol City, two teams who seem to be struggling and could even be candidates for relegation.
The Royals seem to have an ability to make these certain teams look a lot better than they are, and the lack of goals is seriously effecting their season. They have the producers, but no one to get an end product. It's an issue that will need to be resolved if the current campaign is to bare promotion fruits.
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