There has been lots of talk recently on the future of the six players currently on loan at Reading but the futures of three players who headed out on loan in the other direction has been confirmed.
Simon Cox, Aaron Kuhl and Jake Taylor all left the Madejski Stadium in late summer in the hope of getting first team football elsewhere. Sadly all three ended up being frozen out as much as they were at Reading.
Steve Cotterill confirmed after Bristol City's narrow defeat to the Royals that Cox will be back as a Reading player from Monday. The forward made just four substitute appearances at Ashton Gate and now finds his career at a crossroads. It will be interesting to see if he has a future at Reading now Brian McDermott is in charge.
Going by the tweets below, City fans would like to have seen more of the Reading man, though some did question his weight.
@SCoxy31Real I'm gutted you didn't play more. Better than Wilbraham but they can't see that can they. Wish you all the best.— JRCityFan (@BristolCity6) January 2, 2016
@SCoxy31Real real shame you weren't given a chance for us at #bcfc. #wasted— tucks (@NeiltuckerNeil) January 2, 2016
Cotterill called Simon cox the most overweight players he's seen off camera?— Christian (@ChristianBCFC) December 28, 2015
2015/2016 has been a season to forget for Kuhl so far. He started it with the prospect of going out on loan to Real Mallorca and goes into the New Year back at his parent club after an unsuccessful loan spell at the side currently 11 points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.
Kuhl last played for Dundee United in their 4-0 League Cup defeat away to Championship side Hibernian in early November. Tilehurst End writer Jon Keen attended that match and gave a detailed report on Kuhl's performance. Kuhl made seven starts in total but it was always going to be hard for the youngster to be part of a team struggling so badly.
It seems that United fans had mixed views on Kuhl. Personally I would be more than happy to see him back around the Reading first team and have yet to see Álex Fernández do anything that he couldn't do.
Safe to say Aaron Kuhl will not be sorely missed.. I didn't think it was possible for his playing ability to be worse than his hair— Douglas Inglis (@dougieinglis) December 14, 2015
@Aaron_Kuhl Arabest Aaron, not a good time to be at DUFC. Thanks for your efforts— Ronnie Mollison (@ronniemollison) December 13, 2015
@Aaron_Kuhl @aimeeshane25 good luck,always hard to play in a team which is low in confidence #baller— podsmaster (@podsmaster) December 13, 2015
These #dufc players need to wake up and realise how lucky they are. Not act like spoilt kids. @Aaron_Kuhl walking off in huff summed it up.— Daniel Caldwell (@boabbyclub) November 4, 2015
Like Kuhl, Taylor headed north of the border, to Motherwell, and will be returning to Berkshire after an unsuccessful loan spell. Former Reading manager Mark McGhee, now in charge at Fir Park, spoke about Taylor just after Christmas:
Jake was speaking to Reading this weekend and I expect him to go back there. He is a good player who can’t get into our team so I understand that.
Taylor made eight appearances in total for Motherwell, with his last coming in November in a 3-0 defeat to Ross County. Like Cox and Kuhl, it seems that fans at his loan club did not think highly of him. In fact the highlight of his loan seems to have been when he "pretended" to be a wrestler.
Taylor now has six months left of his Reading contract. The Wales international is a tidy player but maybe suffers from not having a clear position. Hopefully the return to England will kickstart his career.
Jake Taylor is the worst player I've seen in a Motherwell Jersey since Paul Keegan. At least Straker was funny.— Fraser J Anderson (@AlmostFrazzled) September 12, 2015
Getting sent off must be the first thing jake taylor has done in a motherwell shirt— Ryan Wemyss (@RyanWemyss) August 22, 2015
Is Motherwell's @JakeTaylor25 moonlighting as a wrestler? https://t.co/r6hotxTYW5 pic.twitter.com/oSxPpe8FhK— Over The Score (@overscore) December 1, 2015