Reading had an interesting summer transfer window, with a number of players departing the club, as they looked to rebuild for the 2020/21 league campaign.
It had been well-documented that the Royals had been overspending on player wages in recent years, which saw players depart as they cleared out the ‘deadwood’.
One player that left the club, but didn’t fall into that category was young forward Danny Loader, who joined Portuguese giants FC Porto.
Loader made () first-team appearances for the Berkshire-based side, but struggled for consistent minutes in the first-team under the management of Mark Bowen in the 2019/20 campaign.
That saw him join FC Porto in the summer transfer window, and he would have been hoping that it was the right move for him as he looked to further his development in senior football.
Loader has made a relatively positive start since signing for the Portuguese giants as well, and has been involved on a regular basis for the FC Porto B team, who play their football in the Portuguese second-tier.
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Loader has made seven appearances for that team, and has scored twice in his time with the club so far. He wasted no time in adjusting to his surroundings, as he scored in his second match with Porto’s B team, in a 4-1 win over FC Vizela.
He then followed that up with a goal from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win against UD Vilafranquense. Things were looking positive for Loader it seemed, but the forward was shown a straight red card in a 2-1 defeat to GD Chaves in their most recent match, which leaves them sat 13th in the Segunda Liga.
The challenge was for a two-footed lunge, which saw him receive his marching orders, which certainly didn’t come as a surprise to some of the Porto supporters.
🔴Voici ce qui a valut à Danny Loader 🏴 son expulsion..
Qu’en pensez vous ? pic.twitter.com/k3cXKXyYft
— Crack FC Porto (@CrackPorto) October 24, 2020
Loader will be suspended for Porto B’s next few matches now, and will be itching to get back in the goals when he returns to the team.
Reading are currently coping well without the youngster though, with Veljko Paunovic’s side currently sat top of the Championship table, and six points clear of second-placed AFC Bournemouth, heading into their next match against Coventry City on Friday evening in front of the Sky Sports cameras.