Torino winger Lucas Boye has secured a loan move to Championship side Reading ahead of the 2019/20 Championship season.
The Argentinian has joined on a season-long loan move to the Royals, with the club looking to hit the ground running this Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday to get them off to a good start.
This is their fifth signing of the summer after the arrivals of: Joao Virginia, Michael Morrison, Charlie Adam and Matt Miazga.
Although Reading have done well to get these signings through the door at the Madejski Stadium with the soft transfer embargo that they had, the club may try to sign another couple of players before the closure of the summer window on August 8th.
With Charlie Adam and Andy Rinomhota as Reading’s only senior options in defensive midfield, John Swift has had to play in this position as opposed to playing in his normal advanced midfield role. The striker department may also be looked at in the remaining days of the transfer window.
However, the Royals will just be glad that they’ve managed to get this signing over the line. Here are two pros and two cons to Reading sealing the deal for 23-year-old Boye.
Pro: He can also play as a striker
Even though Boye usually plays as a winger for Torino, he can also play as a striker which will be useful for Reading who are currently lacking options in this area. Reading can’t afford to spend a lot of money in this transfer window, so any new signing that have the ability to be versatile will be much welcomed in Berkshire.
Even if he does play as a winger this season, the fact that he can also play as a striker tells the Royals’ fans a lot about his capability to score. Contributions like this throughout the Reading side this season will be vital if the club are to be successful in this upcoming campaign.
Will this give Reading the attacking firepower that they’ve been crying out for? This will help, but the signing of a striker along with this will complete this objective of Reading’s search for potency in front of goal.
Pro: Cheap deal that keeps Reading within EFL restrictions
This loan deal will help with Reading’s finances, as they look to improve their financial position this season to avoid any further punishments from the EFL. With the past couple of seasons Reading have had in the Championship, they can’t afford to suffer a points deduction like Birmingham City did.
Whilst Reading have brought in five players this summer, they haven’t had to pay a transfer fee for any of them. Two of these signings, Michael Morrison and Charlie Adam, were all brought in on free transfers.
Joao Virginia, Matt Miazga and Lucas Boye have all been brought in on loan and the parent clubs of these players might be paying a percentage of their wage whilst they’re out on loan in Berkshire. The club are doing the business to ensure that they perform well financially this year.
Con: Yet another loan deal
It would be great if Reading were able to sign more permanent players to build for the long-term. They have already done part of this by integrating some of the younger players in to the first team squad ahead of this season.
Michael Olise, Danny Loader, Josh Barrett, Teddy Howe and Tom McIntyre are just a couple of the young players who could make a good impact on the Royals’ first team squad this season. They could all be a big part of Reading’s future.
However, these loan deals (even though they are financially beneficial), don’t allow the club to build for the long-term unless they have the option to buy at the end of these loan contracts. Let’s hope we see some more permanent players come through the door next summer when the financial situation looks a bit better.
Con: No room for a defensive midfielder?
It’s clear that the Royals desperately need to improve their central midfield depth and quality. Despite the departures of Joey Van den Berg, Lewis Baker and Saeid Ezatolahi this summer, Reading have only made one signing in this position with the addition of Charlie Adam.
If Reading want to be successful in the Championship this season, they simply have to make another signing in this area. A quality signing that will start alongside Andy Rinomhota in the first eleven, allowing John Swift to play in a more advanced role.
The signing of Boye will only take up another spot in the squad and this may block the path of another central defensive midfielder coming in. Let’s hope the Royals can overcome this barrier and get the players in that they need.