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Get to Know: Tariqe Fosu

Learn more about the career of our Deadline Day arrival

3 February 2020

Tariqe Fosu became a Brentford player on Friday, joining on a three-and-a-half year deal from Oxford United. Get to know more about our new attacker below.

  • Tariqe Kumahl Malachi Akwesi Fosu was born in Wandsworth on 5 November 1995. He is of Ghanaian heritage.
  • He joined Reading’s Academy as a nine-year-old in 2004, he would go on to spend a decade coming through the ranks in Berkshire.
  • Tariqe earned his only youth international cap with The Royals, coming off the bench for the final 22 minutes of England Under-18’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium in March 2013
  • The winger was a key part of the Reading Under-18 side that reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2014, scoring in both legs of the Last Four tie against Fulham. Then, having lost the first leg 3-2, Tariqe came off the bench to net the winning goal as Reading beat Manchester City 2-0 at The Madejski Stadium to lift the inaugural U21 Premier League Cup that April.  

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  • A year later, Tariqe, then aged 19, made his professional debut as Reading beat Derby County 3-0 on the final day of the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship season, a result which ensured our fifth-place finish that term.

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  • The following season saw Tariqe join Fleetwood and then Accrington Stanley on loan. His first senior goal came during his time with Fleetwood as he netted during a 5-1 victory over Swindon Town while he picked up the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month award for April after netting two goals, with three assists, at Stanley.
  • Tariqe spent the next season away from The Madejski Stadium too, enjoying a year back in League Two with Colchester United. His spell in Essex saw him make 34 appearances, scoring six goals, as United missed out on the Play-Offs by a point.
  • A move to Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2017 ended Tariqe’s 13-year association with Reading. During his first season at The Valley, he netted nine goals in 30 matches, including a perfect hat-trick against his old club Fleetwood, as The Addicks lost in the Play-Off semi-final. Charlton and Tariqe went one better last season as he made 27 appearances, scoring twice, during their promotion winning season.

  • Last summer saw Tariqe join Oxford United. During his six months at The Kassam Stadium he reached double figures for the first time in his career and also captained The Us against Hartlepool United in January’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie.

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  • Tariqe’s ten goals in 32 matches this term means he arrives at Griffin Park with 31 goals in 149 professional appearances.

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