Reading: Surviving At The Top

Posted on: Jul 19, 2012 in Premier League

As the new season draws ever nearer, the Premier League new comers will all be looking to survive. One of these clubs is Reading, with high expectations placed upon their shoulders surely we can look forward to an exciting season. The summer transfer market is always a busy time and this year is no different, but Reading have shown their intentions making six signings already in the shape of:

Adrian Marriappa (Watford, £2.5m)

Pierce Sweeney (Bray Wanderers, Undisclosed)

Pavel Progrebnyak (Fulham, Free)

Danny Guthrie (Newcastle, Free)

Garath McCleary (Nottingham Forest, Free)

Nicky Shorey (West Brom, Free)

Their activity in the transfer market signals the Royals intent; survival in the Premier League is a must. With signings like these we have to wonder, is there more to come?

We have seen many teams struggle in their first season in the Premier League, although Reading have history at this level, they will no doubt be calling on their experience to help them through.

With the likes of Norwich, Southampton, QPR, Swansea and West Ham joining the possible fight, we may well be in for a nail biting season. Can Reading match their best Premier League finish of 9th back in 2007, or will they be left in a relegation dogfight?

With a myriad of talent within the league it is hard to make any prediction, one thing is for certain – we can expect excitement and heartbreak as always with the Premier League.

 


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5 Comments

  • What a pointless article, Stating who Reading have signed, but you don’t go in to any detail about the players, and simply state the obvious that their likely to be fighting against relegation. How many clubs struggle first season put some stat’s with the article.

    • I agree with you, the article is a bit blank. The story was there just not explored.

      Also looking at the transfers in the way the author has listed them it seems Mr Chariman isn’t writing cheques, interestingly not spending, however much business sense this is in order for teams to survive they have to spend money. It’s the curse of the Premier League and the only way to avoid “2nd season syndrome.”

  • 8th was where they finished in 06/07. 1 point away from Europa league place.

  • As someone that writes for the site, I am reluctant to criticise anybody that contributes an article as to sit down and write a balanced article takes time and effort. But it is disappointing that Lee’s article just scratches the surface and does not offer any conclusions or predictions as to how Reading’s season might pan out. It is difficult to stick your neck out at this stage I suppose when there are a number of clubs still to complete their business for the summer, but nonetheless it would be good to see some points expanded upon, such as what areas might Reading still need to strengthen.

    Personally, I think Reading have been very astute in the transfer market. Their major signing of the summer, Adrian Mariappa was well regarded at Watford and will strengthen their defence provided he copes with the quicker pace of the Premier League. Bringing in Progbregnyak from under Fulham’s nose is a good coup for them and Nicky Shorey coming back to the club after a few barren years may do both him and Reading a lot of good. Danny Guthrie coming in on a free as well means getting a player with plenty of Premier League experience and he is someone that is never short of effort. That for me is the main difference with Reading this time from the last time they were in the top flight, they have managed to bring in some players with previous Premier League experience and have done so on free transfers.

    Interesting to see they have signed another player from the Irish League. Reading have a good scouting system in Ireland that was set up when Steve Coppell was manager and led to them bringing in Kevin Doyle and Shane Long who were great successes before being sold on at some profit. Don’t know anything about Pierce Sweeney, but it would not be a surprise if they have unearthed another gem.

    I actually think Reading will be absolutely fine this coming season. Brian McDermott is a very calm, solid manager who will keep his team’s feet on the ground. How well they do depends on their home form, but with the money that the new investors are putting in to the club, I think there is at least one major signing still to happen yet. Jermain Defoe has been strongly linked with Reading and he would be an excellent signing for them. If they can get someone of his ilk in before the window closes, I think that will give Reading every chance of finishing in the middle third of the Premier League table with a safe cushion ahead of the relegation dogfight.

  • I’m sorry Lee i didn’t mean to criticise, just feel with the information you out across this could have been a full article. I’d be interested to read your thoughts in depth that’s all.