One of the more surprising transfers in the Championship in January saw Tiago Ilori leave Reading and rejoin boyhood club Sporting Lisbon. Reading signed the player in January 2017 for £3.75 million, as reported by the BBC.
Something of a divisive player among the Reading fanbase the 25-year-old now had a great opportunity to thrive back in the Portuguese capital.
It would be fair to say he has not had the best of starts.
O Jogo reported that Ilori was booed before the weekend clash against Benfica with fans seemingly unforgiving regarding the manner he left for Liverpool in 2013.
He did not come on for his debut in that match. However, last night, against the same opposition in fierce rivals Benfica, Ilori did make his second Sporting debut.
That did not go well either. The former Reading defender scored an own goal as Benfica claimed a 2-1 win in the Taca De Portugal clash. He deflected Joao Felix’s vicious cross beyond his own keeper to make the score 2-0. It now leaves Sporting facing an uphill battle in their semi-final second-leg tie in April.
Ilori might be wishing he remained at Reading after all.