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…
Crystal Palace are reportedly eyeing a transfer swoop for Reading forward Danny Loader according to the Daily Mail.
The report also claims that Leeds United and Swansea City are interested in holding talks with the 19-year-old, who is out-of-contract at the Madejski Stadium in the summer.
Loader has struggled for consistent minutes with the Reading first team this season, making just 12 senior appearances for Mark Bowen’s side this term.
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The England youth international came close to moving to Premier League side Wolves in the January transfer window, although the Royals pulled the plug on the move on Deadline Day.
It has been reported by the Daily Mail that Reading have withdrawn their contract offer to Loader after the off-the-field crisis.
But is Loader good enough to be making the potential step up to the Premier League next season if he signed with Crystal Palace?
There is no denying that Danny Loader has serious potential.
The 19-year-old has shown flashes of real quality and brilliance during his time at the Madejski, though the forward has simply not been afforded much first-team action.
You get the vibe with Loader that he needs a fresh start, somewhere where he can play regular minutes and a jump to Palace right now may not be the wisest.
It’s very hard to make a case to suggest that Loader has the credentials to start week in, week out in the top-flight with Palace just yet, so if the Eagles did make a move for him, the club should look to loan him out so he can gain guaranteed minutes.
However, from an investment point of view, it would be a no brainer for Palace.
To get someone with Loader’s potential on a free does not come around that often – it’s no real surprise to see a clamour of clubs weigh up a move for the frontman.
The jury is out for me.
Obviously, he’s a talented player and the clubs getting linked with him only serve to bolster that idea.
Is he in a position to really force his way into a top flight side, though? The talent is there and so is the confidence but will he have all the attributes on the mental side just yet to make it work?
He seems to believe in his own ability and that can be a good thing, it’s all about if he harnesses it.
If he does, he’d be a hit at Palace
I’m not convinced at all by Loader’s ability to step up into the Premier League and make things happen.
You can’t deny the forward has talent, but he’s hardy ripped the Championship to pieces and set alarm bells ringing for defences on a weekly basis.
Players often make this type of move too quickly in their careers and I fear for what a move to Palace could do for someone like Loader.
It’ll hinder him above helping him, in my opinion.