"It really was an all-round performance from Yakou." Mark Bowen praised Yakou Méïté's performance at Sheffield Wednesday, which saw the Royals win comprehensively at Hillsborough, 3-0.
The opening goal for Yakou sent his goal tally into double figures, with 10 goals scored in all competitions. But Royals manager Mark Bowen was keen to highlight the all-round quality he brought to the game, and the attitude shown throughout the game, up until the full-time whistle.
With Méïté netting the first of the afternoon, it put another tally point next to his name for goals and made him the first player to score 10+ goals in all competitions in back-to-back seasons for Reading since Adam Le Fondre did so in three successive seasons.
“He’s into double figures on goals now, but it’s not just that," Bowen said. "The work he does for the team, the goals are fantastic, but it’s the work he continually did until the 93rd minute. Tracking back on the full-back on his side, helping the defender he was in front of. 3-0 up against 10-men with two minutes to go in the game and he’s still sprinting back, filling in that right-hand channel.
"The goals are the perfect icing on the cake really, but the work rate he’s putting in for his team is marvellous.
"He does that job as a striker, and it’s a thankless task at times, but I am more inclined to look at what he does off the ball, and the work rate he gives."