Hey guys, Matt here completing my evaluation of the newly promoted EPL clubs. Today I will be reviewing Reading’s brightest fantasy prospects:
The obvious talking point of their opening fixtures is the double in GW1. This has caused a spike in interest from most managers so lets have a look. With Stoke traveling to the Madejski Stadium followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge we will get a great look at how most of their players will fare this season. Away trips to Sunderland and West Brom follow while they also play Spurs at home. This is by no means an easy first 5, especially considering they miss GW3, so we will need to reconsider all of our selections in GW2 but enough of that for now, let’s get to discovering their best fantasy assets for GW1!
In goals Federici (4.5) seems a popular option with the double gameweek first up. I would only select him as a temporary option before using a wildcard prior to GW2 or 3, as I can’t see Reading keeping too many clean sheets this season. Even for the first gameweek I don’t believe they will keep out either Stoke or Chelsea, better options elsewhere I feel. In the backline Shorey (4.5) is the most picked, an attacking left back who we know has the capability to grab some assists on top of defensive returns. A solid option for the double gameweek but better options around his price at other clubs if your selecting your squad for the remainder of the season. A better option would be Harte (4.5), leading the line for Reading’s free kicks and also getting a shout in the penalties. Any defender with these two attributes are gold, keep an eye out and don’t hesitate if Reading’s Defence seems to be holding up. Great option.
In midfield there is only one really fancied prospect to choose from and that is Guthrie (4.5). With EPL experience playing for Newcastle and priced at the bargain basement value of 4.5 he is definitely one to watch. Not known for his massive ability to score but has scored the odd goal or two in the past and at the price of 4.5 he is a lock in mid at that price, especially with the double first up. Not much else on offer in the midfield that I can see, but as always with newly promoted clubs keep an eye out for any standouts who catch your eye and don’t be afraid to jump on if you feel they can make the POD in your squad!
The forward line also has one major standout, in the form of Pogrebnyak (5.0). He’s been so talked about that I’ve even learnt how to spell his name! Much talked up after scoring 6 goals in 12 appearances for Fulham last year including a memorable hat-trick. Even though he scored that hat-trick we must remember he only scored 3 goals in 11 matches, which is not outstanding. What I’m saying is don’t expect many hat-tricks or huge returns, but we must realise he is priced at just 5.0. While 6 in 12 isn’t amazing, for a forward costing just 5 million with game time almost a certainty at a newly promoted club, he is a lock for the first double gameweek. We can then reconsider his value during GW2 and prior to Reading’s blank week to see whether he is worth holding for the season or not. He is locked in my team at the moment and with penalty duties a serious possibility at his new club he provides a brilliant option for all managers.
So that just about rounds up the options from Reading’s perspective. The opening double allows us to take a risk on a few of their cut price options to begin with and take things from their. We always have the wildcard up our sleeve if some of these gambles don’t pay off.
That’s it from me today, be sure to keep an eye out for more previews coming your way later as we move in ever closer to deadline day! Be sure to leave a comment in the section below or feel free to tweet me @MattCraigDT. Also don’t forget to follow us @FPLaddicts to keep up to date with everything FPL! Other than that hope you enjoyed the article and we will endeavor to bring more your way soon! Cheers.