Winger impresses at Derby and sees U21s promotedTariqe Fosu was left “absolutely buzzing” after making his professional debut in Reading’s 3-0 win over Derby County on Saturday.
Beginning proceedings on the substitute’s bench, the winger was introduced midway through the first half following an injury to fellow U21s star Jack Stacey.
And Fosu showed no sign of nerves in front of 30,000 spectators at the iPro Stadium, running at his full-back all afternoon and forcing home stopper Lee Grant into a number of fine saves in the second period.
“I’m really, really pleased,” he said. “For the team to get three goals and a clean sheet, I’m buzzing. It’s great for me to get an opportunity and I have to thank the gaffer for giving that to me.
“It was a brilliant experience and I’m buzzing that the manager gave me an opportunity - believed in me. I’m delighted that we got the win too because it was a great team performance.
“I just tried to do what I do in the U21s. The gaffer said he knew what I was capable of and I just tried to play my normal game. I’m really happy that the team managed to get the win.
“It was a great way to end the season and everyone is pleased. I’ve just got to go into the summer now, keep working hard and hopefully earn another opportunity.”
Prior to Saturday’s appearance in the first team, Fosu had played an integral role in the U21s’ magnificent run of form, which has culminated in them being promoted.
He believes that the winning mentality instilled into him by the academy and the momentum gained with the U21s was a big help at the weekend.
Fosu said: “We have got a good side in the U21s; loads of good players. Liam Kelly scored that great free-kick against Villa and we have got a very good team. We’re looking to keep going and pushing until the end of the season.
“Martin Kuhl always mentions a winning mentality, and that is put into you from a young age. Of course it’s about developing as well but it’s also about winning.
“Obviously Jack Stacey started on Saturday, he’s part of the U21s team and that was good and made me think that I had a chance of getting on. When I did come on, I was nervous because the tempo was quite fast but once I adjusted I tried to kick on.
“I have trained with the team a few times and I just tried to play my normal game. Now I’ve got to keep my feet on the ground and hope for another opportunity.”