Reports from ESPN suggest that Reading are close to bringing back Nathaniel Chalobah on loan from Chelsea. The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at the Madejski Stadium winning plenty of praise for his part in the club's run to the FA Cup semi-finals.
As I wrote during our end of season report cards..
Clearly a classy midfielder destined for bigger things, Chalobah added a real touch of quality when he arrived on loan from Chelsea at the turn of the year. Bringing composure and an excellent range of passing to the Madejski, the England U21 international was a key part of the side that reached Wembley in the FA Cup. However, Chalobah often looked overly casual in the league and there were times where that attitude gave the opposition decent opportunities on goal.
Still, I'd love to see him back and I'm sure those motivation issues would be less of a problem if he was in a well functioning and effective side.
The 20-year-old has spent most of the past four seasons in the second tier but has so far failed to impress Jose Mourinho enough to give him a run in the Chelsea first team. A loan move certainly makes sense for him but again I'm surprised that it would be yet another year at this level.
For Reading this would be a major boost given the midfielder's undoubted quality, while it would also make sense squad wise after Clarke let both Jake Taylor and Hope Akpan leave the club earlier this week.
So folks would you like to see Chalobah back or should the club continue to give chances to our own Academy products like Aaron Tshibola and Aaron Kuhl?
It seems that Reading are in for Chalobah, but Chelsea are keeping the options open in the case a chance to move their man to a Premier League team becomes a possibility. Watch this space.
Told that #readingfc are "an option" for Nathaniel Chalobah but nothing more than that at this stage.— Paul Carey (@PaulCareySport) August 13, 2015