Royston Drenthe - Sheffield Wednesday (SkyBet Championship) Appearances: 15
Royston played the full 90 minutes in his final game for Sheffield Wednesday, as Chris Maguire gave them a 1-0 win over Blackpool from the spot midway through the first half. A week later, Wednesday earned back-to-back 1-0 wins with victory over Wigan, but Royston was strangely absent from the team sheet, fuelling rumours of potential discussions with a Chinese outfit over his permanent future. However, with his loan expiring today, both Sheffield Wednesday and Reading confirmed that Drenthe had returned to his parent club, albeit for the short term via social media...
Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 2, 2015
and with Wednesday manager Stuart Gray reiterating this in his press conference this afternoon..
SG: "Reading have decided to call back Royston." #swfcLIVE— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) January 2, 2015
Rob Dickie/Stuart Moore - Basingstoke Town (Vanarama Conference South) Appearances: 3/26
Last week, Basingstoke Town announced the loan capture of another of Reading's youth teamers, this time, U18 centre back Rob Dickie. Rob was instrumental in last season's FA Youth Cup semi-final run, partnering Dom Hyam in the heart of our solid back line. The run also carried individual reward for Rob, a he earned an England U18 call up for April's friendly against Germany.
Rob Dickie made his professional debut on boxing day to begin his month loan for his new club as his Basingstoke side, coupled with Stuart Moore in goal, saw off Staines Town 2-1, with goals from Louie Soares and David Ray seeing Town home. Dickie was said to have had a solid debut and did everything that was asked of him, whilst Stuart was said to have had no chance with the goal and made one decent save but found it hard in difficult conditions. 'Stoke then travelled to Kent to take on Ebbsfleet looking to make it 3 wins in 3 against the same opposition this season. Town went 1-0 up after just 19 minutes as Rice put them ahead, before Ebbsfleet equalised shortly before the break. However, second half goals from Dunn, Ray, McAuley (p) and Bird gave Basingstoke a 5-1 victory as they took home all three points and rose to 6th in the league.
Stuart was quoted as having looked shaky at times in the first half but made two outstanding saves, the second of which at 1-1 had a massive bearing on the game. Rob Dickie was also impressive, but was quoted as having tried to over-play at times, giving the ball away in bad areas, but looked solid when he concentrated on defending, making some vital tackles and headers. Basingstoke's final game of 2014 saw them face up against Staines for the second time in a week. Both Dickie and Moore started as Town finished the year on a high, winning 3-0 with goals from Macklin, Flood and Cox.
They finished 2014 in 3rd place and have now won all three games since Dickie signed for the club. He was given the man of the match award in the local paper and was said to "look like Basingstoke's answer to Franz Beckenbauer at times." He set up the first goal with a fine pass and created two or three other opportunities by running the ball out of the defence. Stuart was also said to have made two decent saves when called upon.
Aaron Tshibola - Hartlepool United (SkyBet Football League Two) Appearances: 0
The beginning of the January Transfer window for Reading sees one youngster departing on a month's loan to League Two's Hartlepool United. Jeff Stelling's side sit rock bottom of the football league at the turn of the year, already 8 points adrift of both Tranmere and Dagenham and Redbridge, on 14 points. Pool haven't won in the league since October 11th and have registered just 3 wins all season. Here are the details of Aaron Tshibola's loan move;
Pools sign highly-rated young Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola on a month's loan - full story here: http://t.co/xtwCVofegP— Hartlepool United FC (@Official_HUFC) January 2, 2015