Reading FC Loan Report - February 20

Michael Regan

Plenty of action to report over the last couple of weeks as one loanee makes a big impact live on the tele and another making the switch from Premier League to Championship relegation zone.

Kaspars Gorkss - Wolves (Championshp) Appearances: 2

Derby 0-0 Wolves

Barnsley 2-1 Wolves

As we reported last week, Gorkss has made the loan switch to Molineux and immediately helped shore up the defence, putting in a solid performance with the Birmingham mail commenting.

Then there was Kaspars Gorkss. A man who does not look like a footballer. He possesses a body that looks like it prepares for 90 minutes being stretched on the rack. Gorkss looked uneasy on the deck but dominant in the air.

And clearly that is exactly what Dean Saunders had read on the tin. The Latvian was good and will get better. Foundations laid.

Sadly those foundations seemed to crumble as they lost 2-1 at Barnsley in a key relegation clash that sent Wolves into the bottom three for the first time since 1999. If you want to read about a fanbase in meltdown then just take one look here.

*****

Joseph Mills - Burnley (Championship) Appearances: 9

It's a shame that being an unused substitute counts as progress for Mills at Burnley but that's all I can report on this week. This is one of the sadder stories of the past 12 months as MIlls has fallen from being Reading's potential left-back of the future to rotting away at Burnley with just nine appearances in six months. I really hope he can get a move somewhere we'll he'll play every week as he seems a total professional and much more deserving than his highly paid brother.....

*****

Jordan Obita - Oldham (League 1) Appearances: 2 (+1)

Oldham 3-1 MK Dons

FAC: Oldham 2-2 Everton

After the frustration of his first loan spell this year, things couldn't be going much better for Obita at Oldham right now. First the winger made his full Latics debut as he set up one of three goals in a 3-1 win over the MK Dons. Even better was to come in front of the ITV cameras as Obita scored Oldham's opener in their 2-2 draw with Premier League Everton in the FA Cup. Obita then watched on from the bench as his side won away 2-1 at Stevenage.

*****

Michael Hector - Cheltenham (League 2) Appearances: 5 Goals: 0

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 Cheltenham

Southend 1-2 Cheltenham

Cheltenham 1-1 Aldershot

Three starts for Hector this week as he helped Cheltenham to four points. Being part of a defence that didn't keep a clean sheet won't leave Big Hec overly happy, nor will the fact his side failed to beat his former loan side Aldershot. Still, he's barely being mentioned on the Cheltenham forums which is a good thing more often than not with defenders.

*****

Angus MacDonald - Torquay (League 2) Appearances: 3 (+2)

Rochdale 1-0 Torquay

MacDonald got 25 minutes as a sub last night as a substitute for Aaron Downes. He's still very much third choice at Plainmoor but hopefully he'll get a run in the coming weeks.

*****

Gozie Ugwu - Plymouth (League 2) Appearances: 1 (+1)

Aldershot 1-2 Plymouth

Plymouth 0-1 Oxford

Ugwu made his Plymouth debut as a late substitute as his side won 2-1 away at Aldershot. The forward then made his full debut as the Pilgrims lost 1-0 at home to Oxford. While he's not had many minutes due to injury, he's just signed an extension to his loan deal that will see him stay in the South West until the end of March. Argyle's fans seemed quite pleased with the news, believing the youngster has plenty of promise.

*****

Karl Sheppard - Shamrock Rovers (League of Ireland - Premier Division) - Appearances: 1

SC 1R 1L: Shamrock 0-1 Coleraine

Sheppard played the full 90 in his second Shamrock debut but couldn't stop his side losing 1-0 at home to Coleraine in the first leg of their Setanta Cup clash. Sheppard didn't get a mention in the match report which is slightly concerning, as was the fact he was an unused sub as Rovers managed to overturn the deficit and win 2-0 in the second leg.

*****

Brett Williams - Woking (Conference Premier) Appearances: 12 (+11) Goals: 4 Red Cards: 1

Woking 1-3 Newport

Barrow 2-0 Woking

Williams came on as a second half sub as Woking lost 3-1 at home to Newport on Saturday, failing to make an impact. The striker then started against Barrow, missed a good early chance and was then subbed just before the hour with Woking 2-0 down. At this point it's just a case of waiting until the end of the season before his release from Reading.

*****

Ben Jefford - Basingstoke (Conference South) Appearances: 5

No appearances from Jefford in the past couple of weeks so I can only presume he's returned to the club.

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