Reading FC Loan Report: January 7

Matthew Lewis

Plenty of loan news to report over the Christmas period as several Royals completed their loan assignments and headed back to the Madejski Stadium.

Michael Hector - Aberdeen (SPFL Premiership) Appearances: 22 Goals: 1

Hector completed his loan spell with four wins in his last five games playing in different positions across the back four. Aberdeen fans were disappointed he's had to return and hope they can sign him when his contract expires come the summer. Certainly the player himself enjoyed the experience and enjoyed an emotional send-off.

Given Reading's current defensive woes, it's possible to see Hector going straight into the team to play Watford on Saturday. He's match fit and while the SPFL maybe isn't the pinnacle of world football, it's still a decent standard and if Reading want to convince him to stay at the football club and sign a new deal, they'll need to convince him he's in their plans.

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Mikkel Andersen - Randers (Danish Superliga) Appearances: 10 Clean Sheets: 1

It's still the winter break over in the Superliga so no action for Andersen for the foreseeable future as the league won't restart until February.

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Daniel Carrico - Sevilla (Liga BBVA) Appearances: 12 Goals 1

Carrico returned from Spain's winter break by playing the full 90 minutes as his side beat Getafe 3-0 at home.

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Gozie Ugwu - Shrewsbury (SkyBet League One) Appearances: 7 Goals: 1

Young forward Ugwu made two further starts since our last loan report before returning to Reading, where he scored on his return for the U21 side.

His final days with the Shrews failed to match his early successes though and his final game saw him subbed at half-time. Shrewsbury fans gave mixed views when it seemed his time at the club was up. Like any young player what Ugwu seems to lack at the moment is consistency and after three loan spells in 18 months, you get the feeling his next one could really be the one that determines what sort of level he ends up at.

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Nick Arnold - Wycombe Wanderers (SkyBet League Two) Appearances: 13

Arnold played twice over the festive period for Wanderers but couldn't stop them slumping to home defeats with Newport and AFC Wimbledon.

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Lawson D'Ath - Dagenham & Redbridge (SkyBet League Two) Appearances: 5  Red Cards: 1

The midfielder has been a regular starter for the struggling Daggers putting in some decent performances that have earned praise from his manager Wayne Burnett.

"Lawson came in at Chesterfield on Sunday and he played very well,

He has shown at lot of promise since he joined and we are very grateful that Reading have let us have him for nothing again."

D'Ath has extended his loan spell with the club but marked it in the worst possible fashion as he was sent-off against AFC Wimbledon for picking up two bookings on New Year's Day (second booking around 1:10 on the video below). Certainly not afraid to put in a tackle, he's been booked or sent off in three of his five games for the club.


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Ryan Edwards - Perth Glory (Australian A-League) Appearances: 11 Goals 0

It's all been a bit gloomy over in Australia for Reading's loanee (a feeling most of us will know right now....) His Dad was sacked after an apparent dressing room revolt with Edwards inclusion ahead of some more senior players apparently one of the main bones of contention. Edwards then had to deal with injury and has only played once since his Dad was sacked, returning to the starting XI and playing 90 minutes as his Perth Glory beat the Newcastle Jets 1-0.

Fingers crossed he can let his football do the talking from now on.

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Jon Henly - Aldershot (Conference Premier) Appearances: 10 Clean Sheets: 1

Henly finally got the elusive clean sheet he's been after as he helped Aldershot smash Tamworth 6-0 in the Conference Premier just before Christmas and then rounded off his loan spell by starting in their 3-1 defeat at Forest Green.

He's now returned to Reading but 10 games for a club in the fifth tier will have done the young keeper the world of good and a spell with a league club will almost certainly be his next aim.

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Dan Lincoln - Farnborough (Conference South)  Appearances: 1  Clean Sheets: 0

Lincoln was born a few months after I first started watching Reading in 1995, so thanks loan report, you've officially made me feel old........

Anyway, the 18-year-old keeper made his debut for Conference South side Farnborough just before the new year, starting in a 2-2 draw with Havant & Waterlooville. Sadly any involvement after that has been curtailed by the poor weather.

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Shepherd Murombedzi - Bognor Regis Town (Ryman Premier League) Appearances: 2 Goals: 1

Shep returned to Reading without making a further appearance after the stormy weather rained out most of Bognor's festive schedule. Still, he showed great promise in his limited time on the pitch so fingers crossed that continues.

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