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Yann Kermorgant

Forward


Biography

Date of birth

08/11/1981

Height

184 cm

Signed

20/01/2016

Country

France

The Britany-born striker began his career in his native France, representing clubs such as Stade Rennais at youth level, Vanness and finally Stade Reims whom he joined in 2007. He went on to captain the side later in 2009 before arriving in England with Championship outfit Leicester City that August.  

After a spell on loan back in France with Ligue 1’s AC Arles-Avignon, Kermorgant put pen to paper on a two-year deal at The Valley in September 2011 where as an Addick he certainly found his eye for goal.  

He was celebrating his first goal just 13 minutes into his Charlton career, the first of 12 goals that helped Chris Powell’s men earn Championship status and the League One title. A fans favourite he notched a further 12 goals the following season before Bournemouth swooped to seal the Frenchman in January 2014. 

On full debut for the Cherries he promptly netted a hat-trick against Doncaster Rovers, going on to score 17 goals across 2013/14 and then rifle home another 17 the following year for a Bournemouth side bound for the Premier League. A spectacular bicycle kick scored against Ipswich saw him nominated for the Championships Goal of the season that year. 

His final Cherries appearance came in the top flight side’s 3-0 win against Norwich just days before he signed an 18 month contract with the Royals. 

He made his Reading debut as a substitute against Sheffield Wednesday at Madejski Stadium, replacing another debutant of that evening George Evans. 

But it was in 2016-17 that he made a real impact. His first full season as a Royal was kick-started by a winning goal at Cardiff City - and the Frenchman went on to score 20 goals during the season. His impact can not only be measured by the number of times he rippled the opposition net - defensively his aerial dominance and unbelievable workrate made him irreplaceable in the Royals first team.

However, he ended the season with his best goalscoring haul in his career - including memorable goals against Leeds and from the penalty spot in the play-off semi-final second leg against Fulham, as well as braces against Bristol City, Blackburn and Nottingham Forest. He sigfned a new deal to take his Royals career into the 2017-18 campaign, Yann was a runner-up in the Player of the Season vote in his first full season as a Reading striker.

Form is temporary, class is Kermorgant.