Jose Gomes has admitted that he felt that it was best to leave Danny Loader out of Reading's squad that lost to Hull City at the weekend due to the youngster's frustration after a potential move to Wolves fell through on transfer deadline day, in comments reported by Get Reading.
The Express and Star reported last week that Loader had been at the Wolves training ground to hold talks and complete a medical ahead of a move to Molineux, but the deadline passed without a deal getting done.
The report suggested that the Royals upped their asking price at the last minute which led to the deal falling through. Loader was not involved against Hull on Saturday, and Gomes suggested that the events of deadline day influenced his decision to leave the teenager out of the team.
"I didn't put him on the list because of what happened in the last few days and his expectations. I think I did the best for Reading," he said, as reported by Get Reading. "I just wanted to let the kid breathe and recover. Then we'll see.
"Maybe in his head he had a good opportunity for his career and when this happens the player feel frustrated. We need to give him time to recover."
With Get Reading reporting that Loader's contract expires in the summer, it seems highly unlikely that his long-term future will be at the Madejski Stadium as things stand. But perhaps, a temporary turnaround could be on the cards.
The situation appears to be incredibly similar to the one Daniel James went through at the end of the most recent January window when his move to Leeds United fell through when Swansea stopped taking calls from their Championship rivals (via Yorkshire Evening Post).
James missed the Swans' next game but then went on to produce some outstanding form in the final months of the campaign. Of course, those displays earned the Wales international a move to Manchester United, and he has since marked his Premier League debut with a goal against Chelsea.
Loader's exit may seem inevitable, and Wolves will surely want to have another look at the youngster when the January window opens. But Gomes will be hoping that, in the meantime, Loader responds in the same way that James did while he remains at Reading.
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