Nigerian forward Sone Aluko has shed light on how the legendary Manchester United player, Jaap Stam, played a pivotal role in his decision to leave Fulham and join Reading during the last transfer window. Aluko, who had only signed for Fulham the previous season, made the switch to Stam’s Reading for a reported fee of £7.3 million, driven by the style of football Stam has introduced at the club.
In a recent interview with Reading’s official website, Aluko spoke highly of the attractive brand of football embraced by Stam. He stated, “He’s got a good shape about them, likes to play a good brand of football which I’ve learned this week, and I’ve been enjoying.”
The lure of Stam’s football philosophy, coupled with his discussions with the manager, convinced Aluko to join Reading. He further explained, “It’s one of the reasons I came here, because of the manager. After speaking to him and how he wants to set up, I think it will suit my style. Sometimes you just want to get in and get playing, but it’s been good for me to learn how the other boys play, letting them know how I play. It has been a lot to take in but it’s been good.”
Having had a full week of training with his new club during the international break, Aluko expressed his excitement at contributing to Reading’s success. He stated, “Going forward, there are a lot of options and a lot of different tools they can use. I hope I can add to that, and I’m looking forward to adding my contribution to the team. It’s been really good. Good sessions, tough sessions, it’s been good meeting all the boys and learning about their patterns of play and how the manager wants us to set up. It’s been a lot to learn, but a good week.”
Aluko’s move to Reading, under the guidance of Jaap Stam, symbolizes the power of coaching philosophies in influencing a player’s career decisions. His adaptability and enthusiasm to make a mark on the team reflect the ambitions of Reading as they continue their football journey.