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Hal Robson-Kanu provided Royals fans with a positive and form that suggested he was capable of playing top flight football on a regular basis.
Simply taking a look at the teams against whom he scored against in the clubs third Premier League season - Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and three times in total against Fulham – it became clear for all that the Welsh international was not afraid to rise to the occasion.
Able to operate in a wide midfield position or up front, one of Reading’s Academy products is proving an integral part of first team plans at Madejski Stadium, having first broken into the senior side as part of Steve Coppell’s squad that travelled to the Peace Cup in South Korea in the summer of 2007.
Loan spells at Southend and Swindon came before his Madejski Stadium bow on the opening day of the 2009/10 season against Nottingham Forest and he soon broke into the Wales squad after some impressive U21s displays on the international scene.
Hal featured in almost every game in the clubs title-winning campaign of 2012, bagged a record number of Premier League goals for a Royals midfielder the following season as well as the winner for Wales against Scotland at Hampden Park that March.
The subsequent season back in the Championship saw Hal slightly lose track of his form, only finding the net four times as the Royals narrowly missed out on a sixth place finish. For the 2014/15 campaign he has helped provide Reading fans with a stimulating cup run, overshadowing troubles in the league.
Hal scored the winner against Cardiff, the first against Derby and in the same game rolled the ball through to Yakubu who finished in style and secured the Royals a place in the quarter-finals.
His contract is set to run out in June 2016 so the Welsh winger will have the length of a season to find his goal scoring form again and perhaps put his name into the hat for a strikers spot.