Exciting young winger signs new two-year dealReading Football Club are delighted to announce that young midfielder Tariqe Fosu has penned a new two-year contract with the Royals this afternoon.
The winger made an exciting first team debut on the final day of last season, coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Derby County, and the club have acted quickly to tie him to a Madejski Stadium deal until the summer of 2017.
Fosu replaced the injured Jack Stacey after half an hour at the iPro Stadium and played without fear, causing the Derby defenders numerous problems with his dribbling skills, and forcing Rams goalkeeper Lee Grant into a number of fingertip saves.
"I'm delighted to have signed," Fosu told Reading FC Player after putting pen to paper. "Another two years and now I'm looking to kick on from last season and hopefully serve the club well.
"I'm still buzzing now ever since making my first team debut on the last day of the season. It was an unexplainable feeling and I thought I took my chance well. I like to excite the fans. I've just got to do what I do and hopefully they enjoy it.
"I would like to make my mark on the first team this season. But I'll keep my feet on the ground, keep working hard and hopefully I'll get the opportunity."
The 19-year-old also played an integral role for Martin Kuhl’s under-21 side as they won promotion to Premier League Division One last season. Tariqe turned out 23(+1) times for the under21s, missing only two games all season and scoring eight goals, as they finished as runners-up in the league and reached the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup.
Reading manager Steve Clarke said: "Tariqe is an exciting young talent and we are delighted that he has signed a new contract with us. After a good season playing in our U21s, he burst onto the scene at first-team level in our last game of the season with a very impressive debut.
"Now he has to work harder with us and continue to progress towards the next level where he is consistently involved in the senior squad."