Reading winger Tariqe Fosu has today joined League One Fleetwood on a loan deal until January. Fosu burst on to the scene last season with a fantastic substitute appearance at Derby and the 20-year-old followed that up with a fine pre-season to solidify his potential.
Sadly injury struck towards the end of the summer and since then he's found it hard to break into a crowded wing picture for Reading that's included Hal Robson-Kanu, Garath McCleary, Stephen Quinn, Ola John, Lucas Piazon, Paolo Hurtado and Nick Blackman. Now Fosu will get some much needed game time up in Lancashire with Fleetwood who are in the middle of a relegation battle that sees them inside the bottom four with a third of the season gone.
Speaking about the move, Clarke told the club's website.
"This is a good opportunity for Tariqe to play regular competitive football in the Football League, which will be an important part of his development. We are grateful that Fleetwood are offering him this experience and of course we will be keeping a close eye on how he is progressing.
Tariqe did very well to earn an opportunity in the first team at the end of last season, and he has performed well for the Under-21s this year. This will offer a new challenge and learning opportunity, and I hope it is a successful spell for him."
Meanwhile Fosu himself told Fleetwood's website.
"I'm delighted to be here as it seems like a good set-up. I just want to kick on now and play as many games as possible.
I've been at Reading for about six years and it's good to get out and get some experience elsewhere.
This place seems like a decent club who play some decent football as well, so I'm sure I'll enjoy my time here.
I'm quite a skilful player who likes to excite the supporters and get them off their seats. I want to do that here.
I want to be able to create some goals as well as score some while I'm here and help the team to win games."
It's hard to see this as anything other than positive for both clubs and the player who should benefit in the same way that Aaron Tshibola did last season with Hartlepool.
Best of luck Tariqe and we'll keep across his development in our monthly loan reports.