Teddy Howe is Reading’s first departure on January transfer deadline day, as the young right back departs to League One side Blackpool on a permanent deal.
The academy graduate has signed for the Seasiders on a two-and-a-half year deal, with an option to extend for a further year. It was expected that he would only leave on loan, although the Royals have seemingly been willing to let defender go permanently.
After graduating from Reading’s illustrious academy, it was thought that Howe would go on to have a bright career at the Madejski Stadium. The 21-year-old made his Championship debut at home against Birmingham City late on in the final fixture of last season, and featured heavily in the Berkshire side’s FA Cup ties this season.
However, with Andy Yiadom, Tennai Watson and Chris Gunter all currently competing for a start at right-back, there were questions over how much time Howe would get on the pitch when Yiadom returns from injury.
Naturally, with the right-back being ‘one of our own’, sections of the fanbase are upset with the sale. There were mixed reactions to his performances this season on social media, although his speed and crossing ability should serve Blackpool well.
Could this be the full-back’s chance to kick on and show why he has graduated from one of the country’s most successful youth systems? This might end up being a decision that dad and CEO Nigel Howe regrets further down the line.
However, for every Jack Stacey, there’s always going to be a player who doesn’t even make it back to the Championship (or an equivalent level) after leaving the Madejski Stadium.
Let’s just hope we’ve inserted a large sell-on fee percentage in to the transfer agreement. If Howe does fulfil and exceed his potential, Reading might be in line to receive a healthy sum of cash if the Seasiders decide to cash in on the 21-year-old.
Good luck Teddy!