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Jimmy Kebe




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Kebe began his career in France, playing for Ligue 1 side Lens – although due to first team competition, the Frenchman played the majority of his games for Lens B side.

Loan spells abroad with Châteauroux and Boulogne were to follow and Kebe’s performances made an impression back in England.  

On 16th January 2008 Kebe had been scouted by Reading’s Brian McDermott and agreed to join the Berkshire club, however the French side wouldn’t let him depart from his loan early.

After altercations with the player and the club, it was agreed that Kebe could join Reading before his loan expired and on the 28th, the winger signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the club.

He made five appearances ending that season, four as a substitute – his first start for the Royals coming away against Arsenal in April.

The pacey winger would have to wait until the subsequent season to make his first Madejski Stadium start, following relegation it came against Plymouth Argyle with the Royals boasting a 2-0 score line.

Kebe’s time at the club saw him reach a Play-off final in 2011, a Championship winner’s medal a year later and make his debut in the top flight of English football.

He can also add to that list one of the fastest F.A Cup goals in history, slotting home after just seven seconds against West Brom in the fifth-round.

A career that spanned 190 appearances, 31 goals and riddled with injury, Kebe left the club for Premier League Crystal Palace in August 2013.

Upon arrival at Selhurst Park, he landed straight into the first team, making his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

His impact didn’t last however and first team football became hit and miss, so in January he moved out to Championship Leeds on a six month loan, joining up with former Royals boss Brian McDermott.