Jón Dadi Bödvarsson
Date of birth
Icelandic forward Jón Daði Böðvarsson joined Reading on a three-year deal ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, penning a three-year deal and signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Böðvarsson began his career at his hometown club, Selfoss, earning promotion from the Icelandic second tier in his first professional season at the club – a feat he repeated at the club two years later!
In November 2012, he made a switch to Norway to join Tippeligaen side Viking and scored 15 goals during his stay in Stavanger before being snapped up by Kaiserslautern in June 2015.
Jón made his Kaiserslautern debut against Union Berlin and soon opened his account with a goal against Nürnberg. The following summer, Böðvarsson had done enough to earn another move, this time to the Championship and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Icelander scored on his Wolves debut in an opening day draw against Rotherham last season and his Molineux bow came in a 2-0 win over the Royals the following weekend.
A late strike that secured three points at St Andrew’s helped him win Wolves hearts in a derby day victory against Birmingham City later that month and he went on to make 48 appearances in black and gold in 2016-17.
On the international front, the 6’3” forward, who can play up front or in a winger’s role, represented his country at Under-19 and Under-21 level before making his first senior team debut at the age of 20 in a 2-0 win for Iceland in Andorra.
His first goal for his country came in September 2014 as Iceland began what was to be an historic European Championships qualification campaign with a 3–0 victory against Turkey.
And, at the end of his first campaign as a Royal, Böðvarsson headed to Russia to be part of Iceland's first ever World Cup squad. There, he was named in the starting XI against Nigeria as the smallest nation in the history of the World Cup continued to astound.
As well as plenty of hard-running in the forward line during his first campaign as a Royal, Jón Daði also ended the campaign with 10 goals to his name.