Six goals in his last five games – Yakou Meite was on a hot streak before the latest international break.
He is hopeful of keeping himself on that track when the Royals visit Wigan at the DW Stadium this Saturday.
“I think I’m on my best form – so I want to keep going!” said Yakou.
“I know that I can’t score in every game, but at the moment I feel good.
“I want to keep going for me, my club and my teammates. If I can help the team by contributing some goals, then that’s good for everyone.”
His impressive run certainly contributed towards his call-up to the Ivory Coast’s senior side for the first time – while he didn’t play in their 1-1 draw with Guinea, he had a chance to train with the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham defenders Eric Bailly and Serge Aurier and Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha – amongst plenty of other talented Ivorians.
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“When you train with these types of players, you can learn – and I learned a lot,” he continued.
“Even if they don’t play in my position, I can learn about their mentality, what they do before and after training… it’s important for me!
“We have a good team in Ivory Coast so it’s an honour for me to play with them and represent my country. I have done that a few times with the youth team, but to be with the first team is great.
“To see that people believe in me is good for me too. I just want to keep going and I feel good at the moment.”
But now… back to domestic affairs.
Plenty to play for over the winter months, beginning at Wigan. And Yakou knows that the newly-promoted Latics will pose questions to Reading on Saturday afternoon.
“In the Championship, every game is difficult. You saw that against Ipswich – they were bottom of the league but game us one of the most difficult games.
“So you have to stay focused and work hard in every game. Against Wigan it’ll be a real test. Hopefully we can play well and get something.
“In the Championship, if you lose a couple of games you can drop down the table, and if you win a couple then you can climb quickly. I think we can get better and better.”