An overview of our youngsters’ progressYoung players at Reading get a good grounding in football – however the experience of first-team football on loan elsewhere can be invaluable to their development.
So with the closing of the loan window on Thursday, we round up which players are where, and how they have fared so far in their competitive matches.
Last season, Aaron Tshibola helped Hartlepool survive relegation from League 2 in remarkable fashion after their early struggles had seemingly cast Pools adrift. Returning to the Royals over the summer, he quickly earned a regular first-team berth.
A number of our players are currently out and about learning their trade on their feet. Here’s a round-up of who is where…
Club: Bristol City
Division: Sky Bet Championship (19th)
Striker Cox, who was on the bench for the Royals when we won 2-0 at Bristol City earlier this season, has found game-time a little limited since linking up with the Robins on loan last month – partly due to the impressive goalscoring form of teammate Jonathan Kodjia. City have climbed out of the relegation places and currently sit 19th; Cox’s deal with the Robins runs until January.
Division: Sky Bet League 1 (2nd)
It only took Dominic Samuel six minutes into his debut to notch his first goal for the Gills, as he helped the team to a 3-1 win against Bury and to go top of the Sky Bet League 1 table. A 4-1 defeat to Coventry in the next fixture saw the Sky Blues leapfrog Gillingham to the summit, but Samuel grabbed a slick assist against Rochdale in the next fixture. The striker’s deal is currently scheduled to run until December 10th.
Club: Fleetwood Town
Division: Sky Bet League 1 (17th)
Midfielder Tariqe Fosu also had a quick impact with his loan club – soon after coming off the bench for a debut against Peterborough, he slipped David Ball in to equalise for the Cod Army. Fleetwood ultimately lost that fixture 2-1, but Fosu, who is on loan until January 2nd, started and scored in a 5-1 demolition of Swindon. He then grabbed an assist in a 2-1 triumph against Millwall – the first time the team have registered consecutive wins this season. A third would be especially welcome, as the Cod Army make a short journey to take on local rivals Blackpool this weekend.
Club: Plymouth Argyle
Division: Sky Bet League 2 (1st)
21-year-old midfielder Craig Tanner has become a fixture in the Pilgrims’ team since joining the side on the eve of the new season, with a deal due to expire in January. A stunning volley on his home debut against Gillingham couldn’t prevent Argyle being knocked out of the Capital One Cup, but he earned local-hero status with a Devon Derby goal in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory against Exeter. He has four goals and 23 appearances under his belt to date with his loan club.
Club: Luton Town
Division: Sky Bet League 2 (12th)
Full-back Sean Long was loaned to League 2 side Luton in mid-October, with his deal due to end in January. As well as helping the Hatters to clean-sheets against Dagenham and local rivals Stevenage, the defender also played his part in booking Luton’s FA Cup second-round place with a win in Crawley. He has also represent Ireland’s Under-21s during that time.
Division: Sky Bet League 2 (18th)
After returning from injury at the start of the year and featuring in our Under-21 squad, winger Jack Stacey has been offered the opportunity to play some first-team football with Martin Allen’s Barnet side at the start of this week. The newly-promoted Bees have had mixed fortunes on their return to the Football League, including a 4-2 defeat to Notts County on Stacey’s debut. His loan takes him into the new year.
Division: Scottish Premiership (11th)
Midfielder Jake Taylor is in his sixth loan spell away from Madejski Stadium, and currently representing Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership until the end of 2015/16. The Steelmen are struggling to put together wins at the moment – but an away victory in Kilmarnock reeled Killie in a little bit at the end of last month. Taylor missed a match with suspension when he was sent off for a second yellow at St Johnstone in August.
Club: Dundee United
Division: Scottish Premiership (12th)
Taylor’s midfield teammate Aaron Kuhl could feature on the same pitch but for the opposing side when Dundee United host Motherwell in a mid-season relegation-threatened clash on Boxing Day. The Arabs are currently rock-bottom of the Scottish top-flight; they have only registered a single victory since Kuhl’s arrival, as they overcame Ross County 1-0. The midfielder is contracted with the Scottish club until January.
Rob Dickie & Andrija Novakovich
Club: Cheltenham Town
Division: Vanarama National League (1st)
Centre-half Rob Dickie netted a debut winner in the late stages of his debut against Barrow – and more importantly, he has been part of a stubborn Robins defence that have kept six clean-sheets since his arrival. Three of those came in consecutive National League games in October and November – he also netted in a 5-0 win against Guiseley in that time, as Cheltenham look to bounce back into the Football League. Royals teammate Andrija Novakovich joined him on Thursday to bolster the attacking options; both are scheduled to return to Reading in January.
Noor Husin & Zak Jules
Club: Hemel Hempstead
Division: Vanarama National League South (12th)
Midfielder Noor Husin joined Hemel Hempstead in mid-October, and was joined later in the month by defensive teammate Zak Jules. Husin netted a debut goal in a 2-2 draw at Dartford, and more recently grabbed a brace in a 6-2 destruction of Gosport Borough. That fixture was also Jules’ debut for the National League South side, and he has also played for Scotland’s Under-19s in that period.
Club: Hayes & Yeading United
Division: Vanarama National League South (18th)
After a leaky start to the season, Hayes & Yeading tightened up their defence with the arrival of new manager Garry Haylock - but they uncharacteristically shipped five without reply in a home defeat to Chelmsford a fortnight ago. Defender Jake Sheppard has linked up with the London club ahead of this weekend's visit home FA Trophy tie against Eastbourne Borough, who currently sit four points ahead of Hayes in the National League South standings.
Club: Basingstoke Town
Division: Vanarama National League South (22nd)
Defender Dominic Hyam joined the National League South’s bottom club Basingstoke Town shortly before the loan deadline passed on Thursday; he could make his debut against Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday in the FA Trophy. A good FA Cup run for the Dragons was ended in the first round by League 2 side Cambridge; their league form has suffered though and three league games in November has seen three defeats, no goals scored and nine goals conceded. Hyam will be charged in shoring up the defence.
Club: Hampton & Richmond Borough
Division: Ryman League Premier (7th)
Since defender Hammed Lawal joined Hampton & Richmond, they have found some impressive results in league and cup – victories against high-flying sides Dulwich Hamlet and Wingate & Finchley have propelled the Beavers into seventh. Most recently they overcame AFC Sudbury to book a place in the next stage of the FA Trophy.
Lewis Collins & Bogdan Vastsuk
Division: Ryman League Premier (22nd)
Midfielder duo Lewis Collins and Bogdan Vastsuk are currently charged with trying to help the Yellows to clamber clear from the bottom-two sides. Two weeks ago, Vastsuk scored a critical late winner against Wingate & Finchley to secure a 2-1 win and three valuable points.
Club: Chesham United
Division: Southern League Premier (19th)
Goalkeeper George Legg has been involved in one of the big stories of this year’s FA Cup – he played (and kept shut-outs) in two of the four qualifying rounds, en route to meeting Bristol Rovers in an unprecedented trip to the first round proper. He missed out on the visit to the Memorial Stadium with injury, but the Generals remarkably secured a 1-0 win and set up a trip to Bradford City in the second round. Few will care that the Southern League form has suffered somewhat.