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Your Verdict On Reading FC's Loan Players

We asked you to vote on the futures of Reading's six loanees and here are the results.

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Just before New Year we ran a poll asking readers to vote on whether they wanted the six players currently on loan at the Madejski Stadium to stay till the end of the season or be sent back to their parent clubs in the January transfer window.

Nearly 500 of you voted in the poll which showed that only three players have currently done enough to convince you they deserve another half a season wearing the blue and white hoops. Andrew Taylor received the most positive score which is perhaps a tad ironic considering he was the least celebrated arrival in the summer.

Ola John may have blown hot and cold and struggled to get a regular starting place, but he has shown enough potential for over four-fifths of you to want him to stay. The final player to get a positive vote was Matěj Vydra, perhaps showing that the Voice of Reading Football Club, Tim Dellor, may not be as in tune with fans' opinions as he likes to think.

Poor Álex Fernández has had a torrid time since he impressed Steve Clarke in Reading's friendly against Espanyol. First the Spaniard had to wait an age for his loan deal to go through and then he's barely played. Since Brian McDermott has replaced Clarke, Fernández has failed to even make the bench and nearly 60% of you feel, that despite his endearing tweets, it may be better for him to head back to Catalonia.

Lucas Piazon received the most negative response. Less than a third of you want him to stay which is a damning verdict on a player who was once described as a "wonderkid". His fellow Chelsea loanee, Michael Hector, also received a very slight majority of votes from fans who want him to carpool back to Stamford Bridge with Piazon.

With just eight votes in it, it shows that Hector is one of the most divisive players at the club at the moment. It's hard not to think that, in the context of this season, his move to Chelsea has not helped his development. It's easy to forget he's only 23 and that unlike most academy graduates he actually spent very little time playing for the academy.

That Hector even made it as a pro is down to his and Steve Shorey's perseverance. If he was still a Reading player then fans would likely be more patient but now that he is just a loan player there is less reason to give him the benefit of the doubt considering it's very unlikely that he will be at the Madejski Stadium next season.

Players You Want To Stay

Ola John - 83.2% of you want him to stay

Andrew Taylor - 89.3%

Matěj Vydra - 74.9%

Players You Want To Go

Álex Fernández - 59.7% of you want him to go

Michael Hector - 50.8%

Lucas Piazon - 71.8%