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Reading eyeing loan move for midfielder ahead of 2021/22 season



Reading are reportedly interested in re-signing Alfa Semedo on loan again, as they prepare for the 2021/22 campaign according to A Bola (via Sport Witness)

Semedo spent this year’s campaign on loan with the Berkshire-based side, in a season with plenty of ups and downs at the Madejski Stadium.

The 23-year-old made 40 appearances in all competitions for the Royals, and chipped in with two goals and three assists in his time with the club.

But their season ended in disappointment, as they fell short in their bid to finish in the play-off positions this term, much to the frustration of some of the club’s supporters.

A poor run of results towards the end of the 2020/21 season saw Reading finish seven points adrift of the play-off positions, which condemned them to another season in the second-tier of English football.

The Royals are seemingly making plans for the new league campaign though, with Semedo being targeted by the club on another loan deal, which could make sense for both parties involved, as Benfica are keen to find him regular game time in the near future.

A Bola claim that Semedo has left a ‘good impression’ at Reading from his loan spell, and that the midfielder has a ‘good chance’ of leaving Benfica this summer.

But Record have revealed that the ideal scenario for Benfica would be for Semedo to depart on a permanent basis, with a number of English clubs rumoured to be keen on landing his signature this summer.

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The Verdict: 

This is a tricky one to pass judgement on.

Semedo put in some strong performances when he was involved for Reading, but he was often played out of his natural central midfield role, which is slightly understandable given the impressive showings from both Andy Rinomhota and Josh Laurent.

But Reading are going to need depth in their squad next season, as I ultimately think that the lack of depth they had this term was one of the main reasons as to why they fell away from the promotion-chasing pack in the Championship.

They could do far worse than signing Semedo on loan again, but I’d be tempted to say that I’d rather see a young player like Dejan Tetek get a chance to impress in the senior side instead this season.

Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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