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Aluko raring to go in a hooped shirt!

New signing wants to contribute as much as possible after signing four-year deal

30 August 2017

New signing Sone Aluko says he cannot wait to get started as a Royal, and hopes to help with another promotion push this season.

The forward, 28, signed from Championship rivals Fulham on a four-year deal on Tuesday night for an undisclosed fee, and could make his debut against Bristol City after the international break in 10 days' time.

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The Royals' new number 14 spoke following his signing, and he says the current squad was a tough prospect to play against as a Fulham player.

Talking to iFollow, he said: "We had some good battles against Reading last year when I was at Fulham.

“It’s a tough team. I know that from analysis we’d done on them before the Play-Offs, I think it was four and a half games we had last season because one got called off!

"They’re a good team, the same way Fulham are a good team and both are challenging at the top end of the table. 

“I’m looking forward to putting the blue jersey on and helping the team with their targets this year.

“You can tell they’re well coached, there’s a lot of attention to detail. They had a good game plan when we played against them, worked very hard so there’s a lot for me to learn!"

Aluko has a sterling record at Championship and Premier League level as a player, having already been in two promotion-winning teams to the top tier in his career so far.

He believes this Reading squad has all the attributes to fight for another promotion push this time around, with Aluko's Fulham side our defeated opponents in the Play-Off semi-finals last season.

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“This team has got the capability to get promoted, it’s one of the main reasons I joined here," he added. "I think this is a team that can push at the higher end of the table and hopefully I can help them with that. I believe the team can be successful.

“I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m an ambitious player, I believe this team can get promoted. We’ve got a good squad already, I believe in the direction of the club with new owners in, relatively new manager, young squad with some experience there.

“There’s a good blend here and hopefully I can bring my own creativity in the way I play, hopefully we can gel together and we do get promoted because it’s very achievable for the team."

Aluko also explained what Reading fans can expect to see while he's in a Royals shirt, saying that 'attack is the best form of defence'.

“I’m an attacking player, that’s the way I play. I take players on, create chances, take risks. That’s when you create or score goals, when risks are taken, so I play on the edge. 

“I always try and do new things, try and create new things and break defences down, so that’s hopefully what I’ll bring to the team, score goals and create goals.

“That’s what you need if you’re going to get promoted, you need a strong squad. I’m under no illusions, I’m not just guaranteed a shirt and to walk into the team because there are some good players here.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting in the team and keeping my place, and pushing the players who are already here because there are some top players here already."


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