Reading have endured a disastrous 2018/19 Championship campaign so far, with Paul Clement’s men sitting bottom of the table and looking devoid of ideas just six games in.

The Royals have struggled to create chances while looking shaky at the back, while a serious problem surrounding their second-half performances under Paul Clement is yet to be addressed. Here are two free agents the former Derby and Swansea boss should look to bring in in order to climb out from the lower reaches of the table.

James Collins

51-time Wales international James Collins is currently a free agent after leaving West Ham United at the end of his contract last term, following six successful seasons with the Hammers.

Despite tieing star man and talismanic defender Liam Moore to a new deal, the Royals still look short on quality at the back, with former Liverpool man Tiago Ilori still looking shaky and captain Paul McShane’s better days behind him.

Collins could, therefore, be the man to shore up the Reading back line and would, combined with the experience of summer addition John O’Shea, add a wealth of experience to a relatively young Reading side.

Miguel Veloso

Central midfield has been a problem position for Reading ever since the departure of Danny Williams to Premier League outfit Huddersfield over a year ago.

However, the arrival of 32-year-old playmaker Miguel Veloso, combined with the loan arrival of Iranian international Saeid Ezatolahi prior to the international break, could be the answer to the Royals’ midfield conundrum.


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