Reading FC set to dive into loan market for Southampton player
The reading was hit by an embargo on transfers it seriously hinders what they can do this summer.
As a result, no player has yet made it through Berkshire, with several first-team starts have already been confirmed.
The losses of Sam Baldock, Sone Aluko and Michael Olise, coupled with the ongoing discussions on the future of George Puscas, means that the attacking positions will have to be given priority.
Despite finishing just outside the playoffs, Reading only scored 62 goals in the 2020/21 campaign – a number that seems rather low given the offensive talent they possessed.
One player who would certainly step up his attacking options next season is Southampton’s Nathan Tella.
The young winger has made an excellent start to the Saints’ pre-season campaign, but it remains to be seen whether he is part of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s immediate plans for the next Premier League season.
Tella, who swapped Arsenal for Hampshire in 2017, has made 18 appearances for the Premier League side but is yet to fully materialize his starting spot.
Tella has enjoyed excellent success for Southampton’s Under-23 squad since arriving at St Mary’s, scoring 11 times and providing seven more assists in 38 appearances.
In the 2020/21 campaign, Tella has scored four times and had two more assists in just four appearances for the Saints U23.
Although he mainly appears on the wing, Tella has also been trusted to lead the line and also to attack midfield positions, showing the ability to adapt to any location on the pitch.
It’s an attribute that would certainly benefit Reading, given the club’s tendency to deploy wingers capable of contributing with goals and assists, as well as leading the line when called upon.
Possessing incredible technical ability and a formidable pace, Tella is a player who hints at opposing defenses, and he has the end product to go with it. He is also an industrious worker who will not give his opponent a moment’s rest.
Reading was seriously limited in what they can do this summer, and that might make a move like this difficult to make. But at the same time, those kind of signings could be what the club temporarily need to stay competitive.
The fact that Tella could be part of Hasenhuttl’s plans should also be taken into account. He has had a great pre-season so far and first-team football with the Premier League club could be seen as the most fitting next step in his progression.