Reading’s Tarique Fosu would welcome a return to Colchester United next season if the chance arises

Tarique Fosu celebrates his and the U's second goal in the final day 2-0 win over Yeovil on Saturday

Tarique Fosu celebrates his and the U's second goal in the final day 2-0 win over Yeovil on Saturday. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Tarique Fosu would love to return to Colchester United next season, following the dazzling end to his loan campaign with the U’s during 2016-17.

Attack-minded Fosu finished the recent season with a flourish, scoring three goals in the last two matches as the Essex club just missed out on a League Two play-off berth.

The 21-year-old now returns to his parent club Reading, who are preparing to thrash it out in the Championship play-offs in the quest for a place in the Premier League.

But Fosu’s current contract at Reading expires this summer, with no guarantee of securing a new deal, especially if the Royals do make it to the top flight.

It could therefore be on the cards that Fosu returns to the Weston Homes Community Stadium, perhaps on a permanent contract, although other clubs could also enter the fray to sign him.


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Manager John McGreal has already confirmed that he would like to welcome back Fosu next season, although for the moment the player remains on Reading’s books.

And Fosu revealed: “I spoke to Bally (assistant Steve Ball) about the possibility of being back at Colchester next season.

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“He said he’s happy to take me as well, so we will speak at the end of the season.

“I haven’t really spoken much to Reading recently.

“My contract is up this summer, so I don’t know what’s going on. I will probably speak to them again after the season, when I go back there to see what’s going on.”

Fosu has clearly enjoyed his season-long loan with the U’s, even though he had a bit-part role to play for much of the first half of that stay – he originally signed on the final day of the transfer window on August 31.

The Londoner did score in on his full debut, in a 1-1 draw at Barnet, when he was operating as a winger, although from mid-October through to mid-February he did not start a game, being restricted to appearances off the bench.

But Fosu came back with a bang during the closing weeks of the season, starting and starring in the last six matches, which yielded three wins and three draws, while he himself operated to good effect as an attacking central midfielder behind the front two.

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