Reading Football Club News: February 2024

Victory Over Port Vale Keeps Reading Clear Of Drop

20 February 2024
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Relentless second half pressure finally delivered the goals Reading required to bounce back from a heavy away defeat at league leaders Portsmouth on Saturday to overcome a stubborn Vale side desperate for points under new manager Darren Moore. The only change from the weekend starting eleven was the introduction of Smith to replace Mukairu. After a dull opening forty-five minutes Lewis Wing finally broke the deadlock fourteen minutes from the end with another stunning strike from outside the box. A headed clearance from a Savage corner dropped to Wing who took a touch before drilling a ferocious shot past Vale 'keeper Ripley.

Match Report: Reading 2 Port Vale 0

Amazing Form Continues As Reading Climb Table

10 February 2024
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Femi Azeez stole the limelight with two stunning second half strikes to continue the Royals steady progress towards the safety of mid table. Apart from a slightly sluggish opening ten minutes, Reading dominated the game and deservedly took all three points. After his first game in charge Charlton manager Nathan Jones will now appreciate the enormity of the task facing him in keeping his team in League One. Apart from a couple of half chances, and one shot well saved by Button, Charlton rarely threatened to score, and in the second half struggled to get out of their own half.

Match Report: Reading 2 Charlton 0

Reading Hang On To Knibbs And Azeez As Monlouis Joins

02 February 2024
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading saw Caylan Vickers and Taylan Harris depart on transfer deadline day, but there was a feeling of relief as Femi Azeez's expected transfer to Plymouth Argyle didn't go through. The Royals also managed to retain Knibbs, Smith and Wing who were also the subject of rumours about possible transfers away from Reading. Vickers and Harris joined McIntyre and Abbey as young Academy graduates moving on in the transfer window. With Guinness-Walker also moving to Stevenage on loan, the Royals are left with a much depleted squad, and lacking options in defence.

However there was one piece of rare bright news as Reading were able to bring in Arsenal Under 21 defender Zane Monlouis on loan for the rest of the season. Twenty year old Monlouis will come to Reading to play his first senior football after signing professional terms with Arsenal in 2022. He is not a stranger to the Select Car Leasing Stadium after playing for Arsenal U21s in their Football League Trophy match against Reading in November. The Royals were 5-2 winners with Monlouis starting in defence for the Gunners and seeing his side ship four goals before being substituted with just over ten minutes left to play. Monlouis has plenty of youth football experience and has been captain of Arsenal's U21s.

Vickers Completes Brighton Move

01 February 2024
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Caylan Vickers has completed his move to Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion. Like others that have left for presumably very little value, Vickers is an Academy product who has been in Reading's youth system for ten years. Vickers also moves for an undisclosed fee - likely to be a huge bargain for his new club but also vital money for Reading Football Club to enable them to pay remaining staff.

Vickers made his Reading debut at the start of the season, coming off the bench as Reading's lost 0-1 at home to Peterborough. In all competitions he has gone on to make 22 appearances, scoring three goals, including a late league winner against Bolton Wanderers in September. Vickers has attracted plenty of rumours through the season, but it is Brighton who have managed to agree a contract with a player who surely has a huge career ahead of him. Let's home we at least negotiated a good sell on clause.

Caylan Vickers Full Career History

05 August 2023 Peterborough (HOME) League One L: 0-1 Report... 19
08 August 2023 Millwall (Away) League Cup W: 4-0 Report... 4738 -
12 August 2023 Port Vale (Away) League One L: 0-1 Report... 8789 19
15 August 2023 Cheltenham (HOME) League One W: 1-0 Report... 17
19 August 2023 Stevenage (HOME) League One W: 2-0 Report... 11674 13
26 August 2023 Exeter (Away) League One L: 1-2 Report... 7956 16
29 August 2023 Ipswich (HOME) League Cup D: 2-2 Report... 7867 -
04 September 2023 Cambridge (Away) League One L: 0-1 Report... 6789 17
16 September 2023 Bolton (HOME) League One W: 2-1 Report... 13155 21
19 September 2023 Exeter (Away) FL Trophy W: 9-0 Report... 1871 -
23 September 2023 Blackpool (Away) League One L: 1-4 Report... 10104 22
03 October 2023 Northampton (Away) League One L: 1-3 Report... 6550 22
10 October 2023 Swindon (HOME) FL Trophy W: 5-0 Report... 6121 -
21 October 2023 Charlton (Away) League One L: 0-4 Report... 15572 23
04 November 2023 MK Dons (HOME) FA Cup W: 3-2 Report... -
14 November 2023 Arsenal U21 (HOME) FL Trophy W: 5-2 Report... -
09 December 2023 Barnsley (HOME) League One L: 1-3 Report... 12519 23
12 December 2023 Oxford (HOME) League One D: 1-1 Report... 14397 23
01 January 2024 Exeter (HOME) League One W: 3-2 Report... 13560 20
09 January 2024 Brighton U21 (Away) FL Trophy D: 0-0 Report... 990 -
27 January 2024 Leyton Orient (HOME) League One D: 1-1 Report... 21

Taylan Harris Next To Leave

01 February 2024
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Luton Town have confirmed the signing of Reading Academy player Taylan Harris. Harris is the latest talented young player to leave the club in the winter transfer window as Reading continue to accept any offer. Eighteen year old Harris graduated from the Academy, after spending 10 years in Reading's youth system, earlier this season making his first team debut in Reading's 9-0 away victory at Exeter City in the Football League Trophy. Harris came off the bench with 82 minutes on the clock and got on the score sheet just three minutes later to make it a memorable debut.