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2.2 tackles per game: Signing in-demand defender is a positive move from Reading

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Reading only preserved their Championship status on the final day of the season and Paul Clement will be working all summer to ensure he has a stronger squad come August.

The Royals failed to live up to expectation having reached the play-off final in the previous campaign.

That saw Jaap Stam lose his job and Clement had little time to get his ideas across to the players. However, whatever he did ultimately worked as Reading survived.

And, now he will have the chance to make the changes he wants and that will surely see a lot of new faces arrive at the Madejski Stadium.

One of those is set to be Barnsley right-back Andy Yiadom who is believed to be undergoing a medical with the club today. He would join on a free with his contract up in the summer.

It would be something of a coup for Reading given the player has been linked with Premier League sides and several Championship clubs over the years.

At 25-years old he is approaching his peak years and as our graphic shows he still has a lot to offer.

Yiadom’s pace and energy means he is a threat in the final third and it makes him hard to beat, evident with the tackles and clearances he makes on average in each game.

The last few months at Oakwell were tough for the player and Barnsley but he has still proven himself to be a quality player at this level over the years.

It’s a promising signing from Clement and could be the first of many new arrivals as he looks to make his mark on the Reading team.

Thoughts, Reading fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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