Date of birth
Wide-man Mo Barrow joined the Royals on the eve of the 2017-18 campaign, penning a four-year deal to make the move from Swansea City.
Born in the Gambia, Barrow and his family moved to Sweden at a young age – and it was there that his fledgling career would begin.
After spending eye-catching spells with amateur sides Mjölby AI and Mjölby Södra during his teenage years – including 23 goals in 19 games for the latter – Norrköping moved to bring the winger directly to Sweden’s top tier.
Stints representing Varbergs BoIS and Östersunds FK followed, before the Swans moved to bring Barrow to the Premier League during the summer of 2014. His debut came that November – making him the first ever player from the Gambia to play in the Premier League!
And Barrow’s introduction to English football could hardly have gone any better – soon after replacing Marvin Emnes, he won the free-kick which Royals Academy graduate Gylfi Sigurdsson would convert to equalise against Arsenal, before Bafetimbi Gomis headed in a winner for the Swans.
That marked the first of 55 appearances which Barrow would make for the South Wales club during his tenure at the Liberty Stadium. A first goal followed in January 2015, netting Swansea’s third in an action-packed 6-2 victory in the FA Cup against Tranmere Rovers.
Barrow arrived in Reading with experience of the rigours of Championship football – over the previous three seasons, he spent loan spells in England’s second tier with Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United.
On the international scene, Mo was first called up for Sweden’s Under-21 squad in March 2015, but would go on to represent the Gambia at senior level later that year – helping his homeland to a 0-0 draw in South Africa during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture on debut.
The winger took his Royals goal tally to double-figures in his first year - coupled with some exciting displays down the left flank, that earned him a nomination for the Player of the Season award at the end of the year.