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🗣️ "We don’t need to be shy about our aims for next season"

Yakou eager to go one better after summer break

15 May 2021

The goal remains the same for Royals man Yakou Méïté, who knows he and his teammates will use the summer wisely not only to relax and recover from a relentless campaign, but to ensure they come back fit and firing to hit the ground running in the next one.

He said: "We don’t need to be shy to say that the top six is our aim next season, we know that we can do it and unfortunately we did it for most of the season but in the last five or six games we started to fall of a little.

"But that’s being put behind us now, we need to have a good break and see if we can make it next year.

The pandemic has been tough for us all for different reasons, and that's no different for the 25-year-old forward who will dedicate his summer to making up for lost time with his family and friends during the off-season.

"I’m going to spend time with my family, that’s the most important thing for me. It’s important to me to see people who I haven’t seen for a long time because of COVID, so if I can I will be going to see them."

Despite impressively finishing the season as our second highest scorer, Meite was sidelined for a significant chunk of the season through injury, and is hopeful of enjoying next season more fully.

He added: "My injuries were all on the pitch, it wasn’t from training, so I just hope next season to be able to enjoy and be fit.

"It’s been a really tough year, so it’s nice for things to start to become a bit normal again. I’m going to come back really fresh after enjoying some time away."

Finally on the likely return of supporters to the stands for the coming campaign, the Ivorian is relishing the opportunity to play in front of Royals fans again after seeing the Madejski empty for all but three games of 2020-21.

Meite concluded: "It’s been a long time we’ve played without fans, and hopefully next year can be a different Madejski Stadium to the empty one this year."


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