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Loader on PL2 Player of the Month shortlist

Striker one of nine nominees

4 September 2018

We’re pleased to reveal that Academy graduate forward Danny Loader has been named on a nine-man shortlist for Premier League 2 Player of the Month for August 2018.

Three goals in as many league fixtures – as well as winning a penalty against Sunderland and featuring in a Premier League International Cup win over Leicester City – have earned the 18-year-old his nomination.

Our Under-23s’ campaign opened at Madejski Stadium, and Loader’s fine strike from outside the box against Wolverhampton Wanderers was our first in a 2-2 draw.

Then against the Foxes in the PL International Cup, Loader had a shot saved before Ben House turned in on the rebound – and then he drew a late penalty, only for the goalkeeper to save.  But the Royals were 2-0 winners nonetheless.

A quick-fire double by Loader against Norwich looked like it’d have the Royals in good stead in Norfolk, but the Canaries completed a late turnaround to win 3-2.  But back at Madejski Stadium at the end of the month, he was part of a strong team display which won 4-1 against Sunderland – his quick feet drew a foul in the box which allowed Gabriel Osho to fire in from the spot.

As ever, there’s stiff competition for the monthly gong.

Here are the full list of candidates…

  • Aaron Connolly – Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Victor Gyokeres – Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Tariq Lamptey – Chelsea
  • Layton Ndukwu – Leicester City
  • Nabil Touaizi Zoubdi – Manchester City
  • Angel Gomes – Manchester United
  • Danny Loader – Reading FC
  • Luke Molyneux – Sunderland
  • Xande Silva – West Ham United

The winner will be announced by the Premier League at 10am on Monday 10th September 2018.

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