Date of birth
Andy Yiadom became Reading's first summer arrival in 2018, when signing a four-year deal on 1st July.
Yiadom has built his footballing CV with a climb through the divisions in his career so far. Having started through the youth system at Watford, he made his start in senior football at Hayes & Yeading United in the Conference Premier – with an impressive season seeing him snapped up by league rivals, Braintree Town, while still a teenager.
After scoring an impressive eight times from full-back in a standout season with Braintree, he got his first Football League move – with Barnet calling for his services.
He gradually forced his way into the first team picture at Underhill – initially in midfield and then in defence – and ultimately proved to be a key cog in the Barnet squad in his four seasons there, which included a move to their new stadium at The Hive.
Yiadom became a mainstay in the Bees’ defence that earned promotion back to League Two in 2014-15 – and in their first season back in the EFL, he would be promoted to the position of club captain.
Standout performances made the Londoner a sought-after player – so a move to Oakwell followed when Barnsley were recruiting for their return to the Championship in 2016. Yiadom settled straight into the Tykes’ side, with his form warranting a first senior call-up to the Ghana national team in 2017!
A second campaign with Barnsley followed with the full-back making more than 60 appearances across his two seasons in South Yorkshire – where again his leadership qualities would be rewarded with the captain’s armband.
But the Royals were able to fend off competition for his signature to welcome him to RG2 in the summer 2018 transfer window, linking up on a free transfer.
He debuted against Frank Lampard’s Derby on the opening day and scored his first goal in a Royals outfit against Hull a month later.
Summer involvement with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations lead to a busy year of football for the defender, only returning to club level a few weeks before the start of the 2019-20 campaign, mid-way through the Royals’ training camp in Spain.