Chelsea defender Michael Hector has agreed to join Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan.
The 24-year-old travelled to Austria and the US with Antonio Conte’s first-team squad during pre-season. But he will now continue his development with the German side, the West Londoners have confirmed.
Hector arrived at Stamford Bridge in a surprise deadline day deal from Reading last summer. He was then immediately loaned back to the Berkshire club and went on to make 35 appearances across all competitions last term.
The Jamaica international is under contract with Chelsea until 2020.
Hector is a 24-year-old central defender who only broke into the Reading first team the one-and-a-half year before moving to Chelsea. He made his debut in January 2014 and has since made 54 starts for the Royals.
It took the player a good while to force himself into the plans of the Championship outfit. Hector spent no less than nine temporary stints away from the Madejski Stadium, spending time at Bracknell Town, Didcot Town, Havant and Waterlooville, Oxford City, Horsham, Dundalk, Barnet, Shrewsbury Town, Aldershot, Cheltenham and then Aberdeen.
It was during his loan spell up in Scotland when Hector really caught the eye – commanding performances for Aberdeen finally convincing Reading he was ready to step up into English football’s second tier.
He is a big, strong, imposing centre-half. At 6ft 4in, Hector rarely gets bullied by Championship strikers aerially, but does have a tendency to struggle on the turn when going towards his own goal.
By his own admission Hector likes to get himself on the ball and play out from the back; he has chipped in with a few goals for Reading and that he is comfortable in possession means there could be a future for him sitting in midfield.