Reading winger Jay Tabb believes the Championship winning squad of 2011/12 deserve their chance in the English top flight next season.
The Royals beat off Southampton and West Ham United in the race for the title, with a fantastic run of form in the New Year propelling Brian McDermott’s side to the top of the second-tier.
McDermott has already hinted that only small changes will be made to the playing staff in the summer transfer window, and Tabb believes that’s a good policy with morale so high in the camp.
“We have a fantastic squad with great chemistry, and morale is understandably high within the camp. That’s part of the reason we managed to win the league,” Tabb told GiveMeFootball in an exclusive interview.
“I’m sure the manager has a couple of people in mind to try and strengthen, but we can take heart from the likes of Swansea and Norwich, who did really well with basically the same group of players who got them up.
“All the players in the squad helped win the league, and I believe we’re all worthy of a chance in the Premier League. I think it’s deserved.”
Reflecting on the impact of both the Swans and Canaries in the Premier League last season, Tabb sees no reason why Reading can’t look to emulate both clubs and aim for at least mid-table in 2012/13.
Whilst bookmakers have the club as one of the favourites to be relegated straight back down to the Championship, Tabb sees it differently, and is understandably confident with over two months to go before the big kick-off.
“I think we need to be looking higher than survival next season, if I’m honest,” he continued.
“We’ve seen what Swansea and Norwich have done this season, and there is no reason why we can’t do the same and get into that middle group of clubs.”