Reading FC's top 30 players of all time - Number 30 is Gylfi Sigurdsson

Madejski Reading

The Icelandic international was a massive hit at Reading.

His time at Reading may have been fleeting but not many more talented footballers have pulled on the blue-and-white hoops than Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Reading snapped up the Icelandic talent from Breidabik in 2005, aged just 16.

He immediately imposed himself on the youth team at the Madejski Stadium and was one of the stars of a talented youth-team including the likes of Jem Karacan, James Henry and Alex Pearce.

In 2008 he made his debut for the club in a League Cup clash with Luton Town before heading out on loan to Shrewsbury Town, he also spent time on loan with Crewe Alexandra.

But soon enough he became a Reading hero. His dead-ball delivery and free-kick talents had him catching the eye in the Football League.

His performance in the 2009-10 Reading season was one of the best individual seasons for a Royals player in history. At the age of 20 he scored 21 goals in 44 games but unfortunately for Reading that's where it ended.

After two goals in four games at the start of the following season he left for Hoffenheim in a club record sale.

His career since has been a success, with stints at Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur - whilst last year he guided Iceland to a debut in the European Championships.

He is truly one of the most talented to have ever played for Reading. The only shame is he didn't stick around longer.

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