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Young Reading FC Forwards Excelling in Loan Spells

Catch up with all of the outbound loanees as Jake Sheppard and Liam Kelly departed this week. Dominic Samuel and Bogdan Vastsuk continued their goal-scoring form, and George Legg, Craig Tanner and Dom Hyam turned out for their respective clubs.

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Craig Tanner - Plymouth Argyle (SkyBet League Two) January Appearances: 5 Total Appearances: 34 Goals: 5

Tanner continues to bring in mixed reviews from his performances for Plymouth. He made five appearances in January, but he failed to complete 90 minutes in any of his games. He was withdrawn in the 64th minute against Northampton, the 66th against Wycombe and the 66th against Mansfield. He did grab a goal in the month though, thanks to former Royal Carl McHugh's assist in the 3-2 win over Stevenage. Many fans are split on Tanner's performances, with Stan (below) giving a particularly scathing review.

George Legg - Hampton & Richmond Borough (Isthmian League Premier Division) January Appearances: 7 Total Appearances: 25

Legg has quickly become Hampton & Richmond Borough's first choice goalkeeper since joining at the end of December, making seven appearances in January, keeping one clean sheet, against Canvey Island. He also appeared in notable victories against Farnborough and Leiston as well as featuring in defeats to Enfield and Bognor Regis. In the previous two games though, George had to make do with a place on the bench in games against Leatherhead and his former club, Hendon.

Rob Dickie - Cheltenham Town (Conference National League) January Appearances: 0 Total Appearances: 23 Goals: 5

Rob is still recovering from an injury he sustained two months ago, and did therefore not appear for Cheltenham in January. The club originally thought his injury would last six weeks, so avoiding a set-back, Dickie could be available in the next few weeks.

Dominic Samuel - Gillingham (SkyBet League One) January Appearances: 5 Total Appearances: 15 Goals: 5

Samuel is continuing his goal-scoring form for Gillingham. He scored the opener in his side's 2-1 win over Barnsley on Saturday, being played through on goal before using his pace and strength to carve out a chance which he calmly slotted past the keeper. He also grabbed an assist earlier in the month, squaring for Luke Norris to score in their win over Peterborough. Samuel also played 90 minutes against Doncaster, as well as 83 against Swindon and 70 in a defeat to Blackpool.

Dominic Hyam - Dagenham & Redbridge (SkyBet Football League Two) January Appearances: 3 Total Appearances: 8 Goals: 1

Hyam, making his football league debut, has been thrown straight into the Dagenham side since joining at the beginning of the month. Hyam has played every minute since joining, but couldn't prevent his side from slipping to three defeats, against Cambridge, Wycombe and Barnet, as his side sit rock bottom of the football league.

Bogdan Vastsuk - Farnborough (Ryman League Premier Division) January Appearances: 3 Total Appearances: 19 Goals: 9

Vastsuk, who had initially re-joined Reading following the conclusion of his loan spell last month, was then sent back to Farnborough, the club that he had scored 8 goals for in just 16 games. And his short spell away from the club had little effect on the big striker, as he notched another goal against Dulwich Hamlet when Sam Pearce headed the ball back across goal to Vastsuk, who netted his ninth goal of the season from close range. Vastsuk also appeared against Hampton & Richmond Borough and Tonbridge Angels.

Jake Sheppard - Eastbourne Borough (Conference South) January Appearances: 1 Total Appearances: 1

Jake departed on loan over the weekend for his first spell away from the club. He made his debut over the weekend too, in an entertaining 3-3 draw with Weston-Super-Mare. And non-league expert Ian Townsend, below, had only positive things to say about the young Reading loanee.

Liam Kelly - Bath City (Conference South) January Appearances: 1 Total Appearances: 1

Kelly also departed the club on loan over the weekend, making his debut for Bath City in their hard-fought 1-1 draw with Sutton United.


Dominic Samuel bagged another goal to continue his impressive season in League One. Hopefully it's only a matter of time before he makes that step up to the Championship with Reading.