Premier League champions Chelsea are hoping to recall Reading defender Michael Hector from his loan spell in January after their poor start to the season, reports Goal.
Jose Mourinho’s side signed the Jamaican international on transfer deadline day in a shock £4 million move, but immediately loaned him back to the Sky Bet Championship side.
However, the Premier League champions have had a dreadful start to the season and currently find themselves 15th in the table, and they have one of the worst defensive records in the division.
Mourinho sees Hector as someone who could come in and help shore up that defence and Reading executive Samrit Thanakanchanasut has confirmed that they want to recall the 23-year old, but he remains confident of keeping the centre-back.
He told Goal: ‘Chelsea want him back early but I think we’ll retain him as we agreed until the end of the season.’
Hector was a big part of the Royals side that went on a run that pinpointed them as a serious contender for promotion and while he hasn’t been at his best in recent weeks, he is still an important part of Steve Clarke’s side.
The Royals have had a good start to the season and currently find themselves seventh in the Championship, just a point outside of the play-off places after collecting 27 points from their opening 17 league games.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea recall Hector but, if they do, it’ll be interesting to see whether it will dent Reading’s promotion hopes.
Reading fans…what do you make of the news? Would you be willing to let Hector go to Chelsea? Does he still have an important role to play this season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!