Another international break, another international goal for Danny Loader, who scored and assisted in the England Under 19s’ 4-0 win over Moldova in European Championship qualifying on Wednesday.
According to the Daily Mail, his performances are being monitored by a trio of German clubs - Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha Berlin, and Wolfsburg - as well as Ligue 1’s Lille, all of whom had scouts watching the fixture out in Turkey.
Following the success of English starlets Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund and Reiss Nelson at Hoffenheim, the publication suggest that Loader could be next to become a hit in the Bundesliga.
The 18-year-old has been on red hot form so far this season, netting six goals in eight games in the Premier League 2 for Reading’s Under-23s. Despite calls for him to feature in the first team, Loader has been limited to just one appearance on the substitutes bench in the Championship against QPR at the start of October. Before the international break though, Paul Clement claimed it was becoming harder to leave the youngster out of squads and included him in a few first team training sessions.
It is worth mentioning that the Mail’s article doesn’t explicitly suggest any concrete interest from any of the clubs in question, and the cynic in me thinks that they have merely based the story on the fact Loader happened to play well in a game where there were scouts watching. For all we know, they may not have even been there to watch him, with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Morgan Gibbs-White and Emile Smith-Rowe also featuring for the England Under-19s.
However, the point remains that if Loader keeps up this impressive scoring record, sooner or a later, a bigger club may come calling - from this country or abroad. With Jon Dadi Bodvarsson out injured for around six weeks, it would seem foolish for Clement not to give Loader an opportunity in the next few games, otherwise a January move may be on the cards.