This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Despite a disappointing start to the season, Reading manager Jose Gomes has allowed forward Mo Barrow to go out on a season-long loan to Turkish top-flight club Denizlispor, as confirmed on the club website.
Barrow started Reading’s opening-day Championship defeat by Sheffield Wednesday but did not feature in the squad that lost to Hull last Saturday, having scored 14 goals in 92 appearances for the Royals since signing from Swansea City in 2017.
So could Reading regret letting Barrow leave?
“I don’t think so. Barrow is a good player and he scored a few important goals for Reading in the Championship last season, but he was rather inconsistent at times.
“Reading have signed two very good attacking players in Lucas Joao and George Puscas, and were able to keep Danny Loader at the club, so they should have enough firepower in attack this season.
“On top of that, Barrow seemed to have his heart set on a move away from the Madejski Stadium and there would have been little point in Jose Gomes keeping him at Reading if he didn’t want to be there.
“It will be interesting to see if Barrow is able to get his career back on track in Turkey and whether he will have any sort of future at the club when he returns from his loan.”
“I don’t think they’ll miss him too much, if I’m being honest.
“Barrow did score some important goals last season, but wasn’t consistent enough for my liking.
“His pace caused defenders problems, but his lack of composure in front of goal was clear to see at times.
“Reading have stronger options available to them this season with the likes of Lucas Joao, Yakou Meite and George Puscas all likely to be ahead of Barrow in the pecking order.
“So it’s the right decision to send him out on loan, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him heading for a permanent exit at the end of the season.”
“Any side could regret letting any player leave at any time. Football always offers us stark examples of one team’s trash being another team’s treasure.
“I’m sure Reading won’t miss the four goals in 37 games he scored last season, will they? Yes, he might be a success on his loan move and then fans would ask why he has been allowed to go, but on the other hand he could have stayed, been rubbish and had fans asking why they hadn’t got rid.
“I think the regret here is that he couldn’t perform last season; even eight or nine goals might have convinced the club to hang on to him.
“I’d like to say ‘no regrets’, but football is littered with them. This will be a move they regret if he does well out in Turkey.”