A quartet of clubs have been linked with the Royals midfielder this week, but precious few outside of the Madjeski Stadium know who he is?
Reading rejected two offers of £1 million for the 21-year-old from two anonymous clubs, one of which is believed to be Norwich City, however it now seems that Norwich have had a £2 million offer accepted.
But who is he? Reading fan Charlie Firth gives an outline of who Aaron Tshibola is……
Aaron Tshibola is a 21-year-old midfielder who, obviously, plays for Reading, and has been there since the age of 13, originally from London. He once had a trial at Manchester United during his time in the Royals academy.
His first taste of first team action came at Hartlepool United, where he joined on an initial one month loan, later extended until the end of the season. He played a pivitol part in their great escape from League Two relegation in 2015.
He impressed scouts at Reading, as well as manager Steve Clarke, enough to win a spot in the first team squad before extending his contract until 2019 amid interest from then Premier League sides Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
His debut came against Nottingham Forest from the bench, and went on to make 13 appearances before two sizeable injuries kept him on the bench for most of the season.
So, what kind of midfielder is he?
It’s hard to say really, he can play a number of roles in the centre of the park. He’s very good at breaking up play and setting off attacks, a particular highlight was his staggering performance in a 5-1 win over Ipswich (you’ll like that one, Norwich fans).
He can play as a box to box as well, and can suit a playmaking role as well. He has a vicious long range strike on him as well, despite the fact he’s never actually scored for Reading.
‘How do you know he’s got a vicious long range strike then?’ I hear you cry.
Well, technically he has scored, scoring a rocket from miles out off the bar on the opening day of last season against Birmingham, only for it to be ruled out as the referee thought it didn’t cross the line (which it did). We’ve also seen numerous other audacious strikes from the youngster.
That’s all well and good, but is he actually any good?
Yes. Oh yes. In thirteen appearances Tshibola has managed to cast a spell over the Royals faithful, leading us all to believe that if we are to be involved in any success next season, he would be at the centre of it.
When we did have our little run towards the beginning of the season, he was at the centre of it, and when he got injured, our form crumbled – a testament to just how import he is.
As I’ve said above, his play breaking skills could allow him to be dubbed as a midfield bomber/destroyer, two of my favourite position names. I have little doubt that a fit Aaron Tshibola could’ve been our player of the year, and lead us to a far higher finish than 17th.
Personally, I think he has outstanding potential to go on and become a top, top midfielder in the future, and to lose him would be a significant blow to the club.
Are Reading gonna sell him then?
Well, let’s hope not, but frankly with the lack of communication over the long term plan for the club, those of us at Reading have little idea whether the Thai owners are willing to sell off the clubs brightest stars.
We do know that there’s an underlining emphasis on bringing youngsters into the first team from the academy, but little is known on transfer policy concerning them.
What I can say is that offering £1 million for a 21-year-old of his calibre is nothing short of outrageous, and I’d be pretty angry if it were anything under £7 million. That’s the market we’re playing in with this guy.
Should Reading fans be concerned?
Yeah. Definitely. We have a history of flogging our biggest stars, and though history tells us we generally demand pretty sizeable fees for them, we’ve just lost the man responsible for them in Nicky Hammond.
Reading fans… What do you make of this? Is Tshibola key player? How much would you charge for him? How far can he go? Let us know in the comments below!