Mo Barrow went from the Swedish second tier to the Premier League in the summer of 2014 but quickly repaid the faith shown in him by manager Garry Monk with a series of exciting performances for Swansea City.
A jet-heeled old-school wideman who thrived when one-on-one with daunted full-backs, the Gambian international quickly became a fans’ favourite in South Wales even if his consistency left a little to be desired.
Therefore, when Monk reunited with Barrow at Leeds United last season, the winger joining on a loan deal from January to May, supporters could be forgiven for expressing their excitement.
It’s fair to say Barrow did not make the impact Leeds fans, or Monk, had hoped for however. In fact, the short-term move could hardly have gone much worse, the 24-year-old starting just one game in five months as a disastrous run of form cost Leeds a place in the play-offs.
Just a few months on, however, Barrow is bouncing back. Reading fans had a right to be a little sceptical when their side splashed out £1.5 million on a player who failed so spectacularly at Leeds, as reported by the BBC.
Though Barrow has quickly set about restoring his reputation at the Madejski. Injuries may have restricted him to just five Championship starts but, if you ask any Reading fan, the six-time international has been one of The Royals’ standout performers this season.
Why Barrow flopped at Leeds, then, is anyone’s guess.
Stam, have you lost the plot ???How can you justify McCleary and Beerens over Bod and Barrow ??? #readingfc— Neil Palmer (@neilpalmerphoto) September 30, 2017
Hope Barrow is back for weekend. Really are missing his flair at the moment. Poor performances when he has not been in the side #readingfc— Steven Kemp (@kempy26783) September 27, 2017
He does spark so much creativity when on the pitch and is always positive and pushes forward with the ball— Callum (@Dennis_Rakels) September 27, 2017
In my opinions by far the best winger in the championship 10x better than McCleary— haig franklin (@franksoffical) September 30, 2017
I don't think a prolific striker would help us atm, no service from anyone, can't just rely on Barrow/Aluko to assist every game. #readingfc— Shengzhi Sun (@ShengzhiSun01) September 20, 2017
Barrow must be injured to miss out today. He's been one of our best players this season. I fancy Aluko to score today #readingfc— ElmParkRoyals (@ElmParkRoyals) September 16, 2017
Barrow the standout player so far. #ReadingFC have done okay so far and look the better team but need to up the tempo.— Will Jones (@WilliamOwain) September 9, 2017