Reading manager Brian McDermott has admitted that he’s looking to strengthen his squad in January, highlighting a need for “experienced” players.
The Royals dropped to the foot of the Premier League table after the weekend’s fixtures, following a fairly solid start to their first season back in the top tier.
McDermott has largely stuck with the players that gained the club promotion in their last campaign, but confessed that he may need to spend owner Anton Zingarevich’s cash in the New Year:
“January is a very difficult window, especially if you are struggling and are where we are in the league,” he is quoted by SkySports.
“I can’t see this club ever spending a fortune in January, I just don’t think it is going to happen. Having said that we have to try and find some experience.
“I had a discussion (with Zingarevich), we had a four hour meeting the other day and talked about players coming through the door.
“I think that if we can, they are the kind of players we should be going for. They need to know the level and have played there and been there, seen it and done it, whether we can do that or not time will tell and we will see.”
Winger Jimmy Kebe agrees with his manager’s plans, insisting that top quality players must be signed to avoid relegation:
“We are all working hard for each other.
“We have got some good players, but there is a big difference between being in the Championship and in the Premier League if you do not spend any money to make the team better.”