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Brian monitoring loanees’ last-day promotion pushes

6 May 2016

Gaffer hoping youngsters return from loans with success

Lots of our young players are still in promotion shake-ups with their loan clubs – and with the last game of the Football League season coming this weekend, Royals manager Brian McDermott is keeping a close eye on how they perform in some of their most important matches of their careers to date.

Aaron Tshibola was a loanee with Hartlepool last season and had an excellent impact this year before his injury, and Brian also cited a couple of key examples where loan moves had proven particularly fruitful for Reading players.

“We keep an eye on their progress – Dom Samuel is in the mix with Gillingham, Tariqe Fosu is going for promotion with Accrington, and Sean Long and Harry Cardwell with Braintree have a semi-final on Thursday against Grimsby, which is another big game,” said Brian.

“There are plenty of players with a lot left to play for.  We want Tariqe to come back with that success, and Rob Dickie has already won the National League with Cheltenham.  It’s all good.

“We’ve sent players out on loan before – Michael Hector is a great example.  I think he had about nine loans, and now he’s a Chelsea player!  Gylfi Sigurdsson went out on loan on a couple of occasions, and look what’s happened with him.  That’s why we do it.”

Arguably the pick of the matches is Accrington’s fixture against Stevenage – Fosu, who is in the running for Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month, could help Stanley back to the third tier after a 56-year wait.

“We really hope that Accrington do well and that Tariqe does well,” continued McDermott.  “He’s done well so far and it has been a really good loan move for him.  The manager really likes him there and fair play to Accrington – they have had a great season.

“Next season he’ll be another year down the road, and with that experience he’ll come back and hopefully be a big player for us next season.”

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