Ghanaian defender Baba Rahman impresses on second debut as Reading beat Stoke City

Baba Rahman demonstrated on Sunday why Reading have worked tirelessly throughout the transfer window to secure his services for the second consecutive season.

The left-back, who joined Chelsea in midweek, made a second-half appearance in Reading’s 2-1 win over Stoke City and was solid.

Rahman followed instructions, ensuring Stoke had no joy in attacking for his side, with a crucial clearance, an interception, two key tackles, winning three of three ground duels attempted and a passing accuracy of 71 per cent .

The 28-year-old received a 6.9 rating from Sofascore which is excellent considering he only played 21 minutes.

Reading beat stiff competition from West Brom and other European clubs to sign Rahman in the transfer window which has just ended, and Sunday’s performance shows why the Royals never gave up and fought to sign him .

“It’s great to be back on familiar territory and I’m happy to be here,” Rahman said after the deal was completed.

“I always think back to my wins at Swansea and then at Sheffield United, which were some of my fondest memories here.

“Since I left here I have been in contact with the manager and we have spoken throughout pre-season.

“We tried to speed things up but it didn’t happen because the two clubs had to agree. But I know everyone here and I already feel at home.

Despite it being a loan deal, Reading intend to sign Rahman on a permanent basis. Reading’s chances of securing a permanent contract will obviously improve if they win promotion to the Premier League as they will earn plenty of money to cover Rahman’s salary.

Reading are currently third in the table, having won five games and lost three.

Rahman’s Chelsea contract expires in June 2024, and the Blues won’t hesitate to sell him if the right offer arises.

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