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Reading sign Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

Monday 17th July 2017
Icelandic forward, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was a key player at the 2016 European Championships. He played a key role in the infamous game that knocked England out of the tournament. Not only for that game alone but the tournament in general, Bodvarsson put on a good display.

The 25-year-old started out his professional career in his home town where he was born, Selfoss, Iceland. He scored 18 goals in 80 games at Selfoss before joining Norwegian side, Viking. Bodvarsson, here he appeared over 80 times scoring 15 goals before moving to Germany.

By 2016 the Icelandic had joined 2.Bundesliga side, Kaiserslautern. Throughout the season, Bodvarsson would only make 15 appearances scoring twice. After that season the European Championships was key for Jon Dadi's career. Gaining media attention for helping Iceland to do what they've never done before.
Iceland beat England 2-1 but lost in the quarter-finals 5-2 to France. Although they lost to France it felt like a win as nobody expected them to get so far. With this occurrence, many Icelandic players were being linked with moves to certain clubs thanks to their summer success.

Bodvarsson's next step would be a transfer to an English club. This club would be Championship side, Wolverhampton Wanderers. A transfer totalled to £2.72m including extras would be the next step for the 6 ft 3" player. The only problem with this transfer was the expectation from the Icelandic. After a great summer performance, Wolves fans were expecting a great season from him.

Although he managed to play 42 games throughout the season he only managed three goals. Even though Bodvarsson had a lacklustre season there was an interest in him still. Reading were the ones to come in and take him off Wolves' hands. At an undisclosed fee, we could be imagining a couple of million would be involved with the deal. That would sound right for a player that's played consistently for a mid-table Championship side.
Reading manager, Jaap Stam believes that Bodvarsson is a player needed for The Royals this season. After last seasons playoff final loss to Huddersfield, they will feel as though they need to secure promotion this season. A deal with Bodvarsson would strengthen Reading's squad and depth. Although this transfer was completed on 14th July it is only Reading's second signing this summer.

Their first signing was Pelle Clement from Ajax. A young attacking midfielder from the Netherlands. Something Jaap Stam see's as talent from his home nation.

Reading already has two Icelandic's at the club within the academy. Axel Andresson and Sindri Scheving. Both players are just 19 years of age and could play a part over the next couple of years at Reading. With Bodvarsson now in the squad they will look up to him for any advice from his experience.

I'm sure the Icelandic international will be happy with his move and will look ahead to the challenge with Reading this season. As well as having to compete for his place, Bodvarsson will have to be wary of making the right decisions over the next year as his career could depend on his performances. If he doesn't perform he will lose his place and that's the last thing any player wants.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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