Chelsea loanee made his first appearance in English football for five years at the weekend, was a 3-3 thriller

Chelsea loanee Baba Rahman marked his return to British shores in Reading’s 3-3 Championship draw with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Rahman earned a first start for the Royals last weekend, three weeks after his summer departure from Stamford Bridge.

Veljko Paunovic decided to deputise the defender in front of a mainly full Madejski Stadium crowd.

The left-back was tasting his first sip of football in England for over half a decade.

His last appearance for parent club Chelsea arrived back in 2016, gaining a full 90 minutes against Leicester City on the final day of the season.

This concluded the Ghanaian’s maiden campaign for the Blues, following a summer move from Augsburg.

It would also be his last for the reigning Champions League holders.

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Rahman a Royal

Since that fixtures with the Foxes, Rahman has been shipped off across the continent, never to pull on the Chelsea jersey competitively again.

Spells at Schalke, Reims, Mallorca and most recently PAOK, have all been stepping stones for his Football League homecoming.

And what a game to make your reintroduction.

Reading were leading 3-2 until the 90th minute, thanks to a John Swift hattrick.

But Stefan Johansen stole a point for QPR in the dying embers.

The second division’s unpredictable drama at its very finest.

For Rahman, he was allowed to witness the theatre unfold in front of his very eyes.

After gracing English soil once again, the 27-year-old posted a pretty generic Tweet that could’ve been copied and pasted straight from the club’s PR handbook.

Hopefully for the full-back’s sake, the Championship has plenty more action and excitement in store to whet his English appetite once again.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.