Not many managers at Championship level have been compared to Pep Guardiola.
Stam has revolutionised Reading, so much so that they're almost unrecognisable - in a good way, too.
A long-term lay-off is hardly the ideal way to adapt to English football, and Lucas Perez is still yet to recover from that dangerous challenge.
There is no shortage of talented graduates to make their name under the Frenchman, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be about to join the illustrious list.
With the Championship season now fully up and running, we take a look at one risky managerial appointment that now looks like a perfect fit.
Another win for Reading and the belief is starting to rise. After a nightmare few years, Jaap Stam has the Royals feeling positive again
Newcastle United and Reading will face each other in the Championship on Wednesday evening.
West Ham United and Reading are reportedly interested in signing Moritz Leitner from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window.
Aaron Tshibola recently joined Aston Villa from Championship rivals Reading in the summer transfer window.
Celtic, Burnley, Hull City, Bournemouth and Swansea City are reportedly interested in signing Oliver Norwood from Reading in the summer transfer window.