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Omar Richards Joins Bayern Munich

27 May 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Left back Omar Richards has signed for German side Bayern Munich after failing to agree a new contract with the Royals. His contract expires this summer so he will join the German champions on a free transfer. Although this was always expected to happen as his contact ran down it is a big blow to see such a huge talent depart the club. It is disappointing he wasn't tied down on a longer contract before the season just finished even got underway. After making 34 appearances in the 2019/2020 season it was obvious he was a huge asset and would go on to bigger things.

Richards had been at Reading since 2014 when he joined the Academy and is another Academy success story after working his way into the first team and then becoming a first team regular during last season. He made his first team competitive debut during the first game of the 2017/2018 season coming off the bench on the hour mark. His first start then came in November 2017 at Reading were 4-2 winners at Derby. That season he went on to score two league goals and leaves after making over 100 appearances for the Royals.

Richards has signed a four year contract with Bayern Munich.

Reading Finish Seventh After One Win In Eleven

08 May 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

A stoppage time equaliser by Huddersfield own brought the curtain down on a season which Reading will look back on with mixed feelings. Huddersfield's late leveller was typical of the Royals recent performances. Having fallen behind early in the game, Reading played some flowing and attractive football to restore parity and take the lead. With victory in sight some slack defending and a possibly a goalkeeping error resulted in a slightly unsatisfactory draw. Had Reading needed to win to reach the play-offs they might not have conceded in so late in the game, but recently it has been the lack of a killer instinct and close games down which has caused their promotion challenge to wilt.
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Late Esteves Goal Makes It Another Draw

25 April 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Pontes Esteves registered his first goal for Reading with an excellent stoppage time equaliser to salvage a little pride from a game they simply had to win. Having taken the lead in the first half which kept alive the mathematical possibility of the Royals making the play-offs, Reading fell behind in the second half to a Swansea side sparked into life by the introduction of substitute Ayew. Swansea, only needing a point to secure their place in the play-offs, virtually ended Reading's hopeful aspirations to overhaul Swansea in last two games of the season with goals from Lowe and Ayew.
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Play-Off Chase Over After Just One Win In Eight

21 April 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading's promotion challenge finally fizzled out in a goalless draw at Kenilworth Road. An inability to score goals in the final run finally put pay to any hope of sneaking into the play-offs. This evening's game was typical of so many of Reading's games this season. Luton pinned Reading in their own half with their energy and the intensity of their pressing from the kick-off, but lacked the quality on front of goal to capitalise on their dominance. Reading showed some nice touches but poor decision making on the ball resulted in promising situations frequently coming to nothing. The harsh reality for Reading is that Joao's loss of form has left Reading without the cutting edge to be considered serious contenders for promotion.
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