It’s official! Andy Yiadom has become the first signing of the summer and Paul Clement’s first signing as Royals manager.
But who is Andy Yiadom? Well we have profiled everything that you need to know about the new Reading full-back.
From his youth career at Watford, to progressing the tiers of English football – it’s all in this extensive fact-file!
Earning his stripes...
London-born from the district of Holloway, Yiadom spent his early footballing years amongst the youth ranks of Watford Football Club.
As it turned out, though, a fairy-tale ending with the Hornets wasn’t to be and the versatile winger was released at the end of his scholarship in 2010.
Starting at the bottom...
Determined to succeed, Yiadom signed for non-league side Hayes & Yeading United in the same summer that he was released from Watford.
Yiadom got to grips with the physicality of non-league football very quickly and featured 37 times for United before switching to fellow Conference side Braintree Town the following season.
During his short time at Braintree, Yiadom turned heads – netting seven goals in the space of three months.
A shot at the professional game...
Having served his ‘professional apprenticeship’ over the course of 18 months in non-league, it was time to for Yiadom to step-up and get his deserved taste of the Football League.
On 31st January 2012, the powerful wide-man signed for League 2 side Barnet. A club that he would remain at for the following four years.
In his stint with the Bees, Yiadom made a total of 177 appearances, scoring 14 goals – his first of which came a little over a month after he joined for the club in a match against Port Vale.
Notably, it was also at Barnet that Yiadom saw the natural evolution of his position change from winger to full-back. He was also named as captain by manager Martin Allen.
Moving up the leagues...
In May 2016, Barnsley announced the signing of Yiadom on a two-year deal after Paul Heckingbottom moved to secure the developing full-back’s signature.
During Yiadom’s first-season at Oakwell, the defender played an integral part in helping the Tykes retain their Championship status – featuring a total of 35 times in all competitions.
Thanks to impactful performances, Yiadom was made captain ahead of the 2017/18 season, and despite that added pressure, he continued to turn-heads, both on and off the pitch.
In his final season at Barnsley, the attacking-minded defender also attracted Premier League interest – including from Paul Clement, who was managing Swansea City at the time.
A new chapter...
On 17th May, Reading announced Andy Yiadom as their first signing of the 2018 summer transfer window.
Yiadom will complete the switch to Madejski Stadium on July 1st on a four-year deal.