Reading FC, one of the lowest seeds remaining in this year's FA Cup, pulled off the upset on Saturday, dispatching Premier League visitors West Bromwich Albion (and their idiot of a coin-throwing fan). Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon put the finishing touches on the famous 3-1 home victory, but it was the other Chelsea loanee, Michael Hector, who was the star of the show. Playing in defensive midfield, as he's recently started to after a spell on the sidelines, the 23-year-old put Reading into the lead with a well-taken far post header 20 minutes from time.
Manager Brian McDermott was impressed and claimed it's all part of a bigger plan that may even benefit Chelsea in the end.
"I spoke to Michael about playing that role and said 'if you can develop another string to your bow, that holding midfielder, how many teams in the world play using that position?' He can play for Chelsea in that role. I've spoken to Chelsea about Michael playing that role and they're happy. He can play centre-half or he can play holding midfield, I thought he was terrific today. He did a really good job and it's good news for him going forward."
"He was a Reading player and he got his chance at Reading, he's not got one eye on Chelsea in the summer, he's got both eyes on Reading so that's fabulous for us."
-Brian McDermott; source: Sky
While none of that changes the notion that Hector is, at best, a long shot for any sort of a Chelsea career, it's still nice to hear him doing well (and concentrating on the job at hand). And you never know; with a most crucial summer coming up, full of what are sure to be plenty of tough and major decisions, getting himself noticed is certainly not a bad idea.