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Andy Yiadom Is Your Player Of The Season

He’s been an ever-present at right-back since joining last summer from Barnsley.

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Congratulations to Andy Yiadom who’s been voted as The Tilehurst End’s Player of the Season for 2018/19!

The right-back finished with 32% of the vote, edging out Andy Rinomhota on 27%. However, Rino’s also taken home one award this post-season, beating Danny Loader to our ‘Rookie of the Season’ prize. Rounding out our player of the season (POTS) shortlist were Emi Martinez, Matt Miazga (both 14%) and Yakou Meite (11%).

He joins Modou Barrow (2017/18), Yann Kermorgant (2016/17), Oliver Norwood (2015/16) and Adam Federici (2014/15) in bagging the highly sought-after TTE player of the season award.

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It’s testament to both the overall and individual improvements that have gone on at the club since Jose Gomes’ arrival that, after POTS candidates were in short supply midway through the season, we ended the campaign with some great nominees. In the end, Andy Yiadom had to fight off some tough competition to come away with the crown.

On the whole, it’s his consistency that sets him apart from the rest. Rinomhota burst onto the scene midway through the campaign, Martinez and Miazga impressed after joining on loan in January, and Meite’s goals came in two big blobs rather than being spread out across the season.

In contrast, Yiadom was the only player to feature in both the first and last teamsheets of the campaign, and won our first player of the month award of the season all the way back in August 2018.

Yiadom being one of the first names on the teamsheet in a season when we’ve struggled for reliability and consistency is testament to how well he’s settled in Berkshire, and how highly rated he’s been by Paul Clement, Scott Marshall and Jose Gomes. They’ve even trusted him in a variety of positions, with Yiadom popping up not only only at right back, but also at left back, centre half and centre midfield.

He ends the season with a return of one goal and four assists. That solitary strike came all the way back in September when Reading ran out 3-0 winners over Hull City at the Madejski Stadium.

Congratulations again to Andy, and here’s to a long, happy future in Berkshire.