Midfielder praises the Reading youngsters out on loan, in a big week for some of our loanees...Reading Academy graduate Aaron Tshibola praised his Reading teammates who have spent stints out on loan this season, as they look to gain experience before returning to the Royals in the summer.
Tshibola, who himself had a spell out on loan with Hartlepool last season, underlined the importance of the loan system and how much it helped him evolve as a player.
“Obviously there are a lot of lads that have gone out on loan and have done well, so it can only be positive for this club,” said the Royals midfielder.
“I went out on loan last season and did similar things to what some of the boys are doing now, the challenge now for the ones that have been out on loan and have done well, is to come back in the pre-season and continue with that.”
On loan Reading pair Tariqe Fosu and Craig Tanner will both be in League Two play-off action this week with their respective clubs.
Fosu’s Accrington will face AFC Wimbledon whilst Tanner’s Plymouth travel to Portsmouth, with both clubs vying for a place at Wembley - an experience that Tshibola believes will be invaluable before they return to the Royals for pre-season.
“Tariqe’s in the play-offs, Jack Stacey just missed out on the play-offs and it’s not just them, you’ve got Craig Tanner at Plymouth as another example,” said the 21-year-old. “It’s a positive future for the club and the youngsters coming through.
“Hopefully now they can have a positive play-offs and really help their clubs challenge for promotion and then come back here in the pre-season and see where it goes from.
“It gives everyone hope and the club a lift that we’ve got young players doing well out on loan, you’ve got lads getting stronger mentally because it’s not easy moving those long distances to a different club.”
Tshibola has been equally impressed by the Reading players plying their trade at both ends of the table whilst out on loan, having first-hand experience of a relegation scrap himself during his time at Hartlepool last season.
“Regardless of whether you’re top or bottom of the table with the club you’re on loan with it’s a learning curve. When I joined Hartlepool we were rock bottom and thought we were dead and buried, but it was a great time for me to learn.”
“Tariqe’s shown glimpses already of what he can do at Reading,” continued Tshibola. “Obviously he’s gone out to Accrington and is doing it on a consistent basis now, everyone at the club is happy for him and it can only be a big positive for him.
“Dom Hyam has gone to Dagenham and played some games and he’ll come back from that experience mentally tougher and stronger, and physically even better.
“I did the same, with hard work I came back and ended up getting an opportunity, so I hope that the lads can come back and do similar.”