Congratulations to Yakou Meite, who you have voted as Reading’s player of the month for March. He was the comfortable winner of our poll with a 74% vote share, ahead of Andy Yiadom (21%) and Michael Olise (5%).
The Ivorian international only played in the final three games of the month after returning from injury, but his importance was highlighted by the fact he netted in all of them.
All three goals were equalisers - first off the bench against Nottingham Forest and then in starts against Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers. Without Meite getting on the scoresheet, Reading would have picked up zero points in those matches.
It is hard to underplay just how pivotal Meite is to this Reading team, but there is one key stat that summarises it nicely - he has started 12 games this season and the Royals have only lost two of them (both against Birmingham). If we are to finish the campaign strongly and finish in the top six, the 25-year-old will have a big part to play.
Remarkably, this is the first time that Meite has won our Player of the Month award since he has been at Reading and it is fully deserved for someone who, let’s not forget, was signed on a free from PSG. We’ve got Yakou Meite.
2020/21 player of the month winners
September: Lucas Joao
October: Lucas Joao
November: Omar Richards
December: Josh Laurent
January: Tom McIntyre
February: Michael Morrison
March: Yakou Meite