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Ola John




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A youth Academy graduate of Dutch club FC Twente, Ola John made his senior breakthrough during the 2011/12 season appearing 43 times and staving off competition in the left forward position from Nacer Chadli.

Topping the UEFA Europa League group stage assist ranking with six, he also netted eight goals in the league as Twente finished in sixth place. During his time he also aided the club in a runners-up spot in the Eredivisie as well as a domestic cup and two Super Cups.  

A very talented forward, Ola made his full debut for Holland against Italy in 2013, lining up with the likes of Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben and Daley Blind in a 1-1 draw with the Azzurri.

In May 2014, John signed for Portuguese side Benfica on a five-year deal that includes a release clause of €45 million. He made his debut in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow and scored his first goal for Benfica in the same competition against Celtic at Estádio da Luz.    

John signed for the Royals on a season-long loan deal in the summer of 2015 from Benfica, whom he helped win the Primeira Liga, the Super Cup and the Taça da Liga (League Cup) treble last season - scoring the winner in the final of the latter against Maritimo.

Younger brother of former Fulham forward Collins John, Ola arrived at Reading with 63(+46) career appearances and 12 goals despite only being 23 years of age. 

He made his Madejski Stadium debut as a substitute against Ipswich and went on to score his first goal for the club; an 84th minute equalizer at home against Huddersfield Town.