Steve Coppell is desperate for midfielder Glen Little to make the biggest assist of his career by helping Reading to avoid relegation.
The Royals winger has been sidelined since last year with an Achilles tendon injury and the club's boss admits they have missed their leading goal provider.
But the 32-year-old could start to save Reading's season today when they travel to Wigan - with Little in line for his first start of this year's campaign.
"We missed him last year," Coppell told the Daily Mirror.
"The two seasons before his injury, his goal-creation rate was unsurpassed by any player.
"One year he was responsible for 20-odd assists, which is incredible in the modern game for someone who is not quick, can't kick with his left foot and moans non-stop!"
Reading have gone 371 minutes without a goal and have also recalled Leroy Lita from his loan spell at Charlton to bolster the Royals attack.
The England Under 21 striker could start today and Coppell added: "Leroy has been recharged by a change of environment and is looking sharp and committed in training."