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Max Gradel
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Personal information
Full name Mark-Alain Gradel
Date of birth 30 November 1987 (1987-11-30) (age 22)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger/Forward
Club information
Current club Leeds United
Number 28
Youth career
000?–2006 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Leicester City 27 (1)
2007–2008 Bournemouth (loan) 34 (8)
2009–2010 Leeds United (loan) 14 (3)
2010– Leeds United 5 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:46, 1 November 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark-Alain "Max" Gradel (born 30 November 1987) is an Ivorian footballer currently playing for Leeds United in League One of the English Football League. He is comfortable playing on either side on the wing or as a second striker.

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Career

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Leicester City

A product of the youth academy, the winger was given a squad number for the 2007-2008 season. On 5 May 2007, he signed his first professional contract with Leicester along with 7 other players, including Eric Odhiambo, Andy King and Carl Pentney.[1]

Loan Move to Bournemouth

On 6 August, the then-manager Martin Allen made Gradel and Conrad Logan available for loan for the forthcoming season.[2] And on August 9, 2007 Max joined Bournemouth on an initial one-month loan,[3] which was extended for the season on transfer deadline day (31 August).[4] Unfortunately he wasn't able to play as many games with the Cherries as he had hoped due to the death of his mother in early October. As a result, he was told by Bournemouth manager Kevin Bond that he could take all the time he needed to return to England.[5]

He returned to Leicester early on 3 January 2008, although Bond stated he wanted to take him back to Bournemouth on loan again,[6] a move which was completed for the rest of the season on 11 January.[7] Gradel's form at Bournemouth earned him a new three-year deal at Leicester which he signed on 6 February.[8]

Return to Leicester and promotion

He made his league debut for Leicester against Milton Keynes Dons on August 9, 2008, setting up a goal as Leicester won 2-0 at the Walkers Stadium.[9] On 14 August, Gradel signed a new contract that would last until 2012.[10] He scored his first senior goal in a 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace on 14 January 2009,[11] and his first league goal in a 2-2 draw against MK Dons on February 28, scoring an equalising free-kick at injury time.[12] His free kick away at MK Dons won the Goal of the Season award at the Leicester City Supporters Club Awards on 23 April.[13] Gradel made a total of 27 league appearances as Leicester secured their promotion as league champions.

Since Leicester won promotion to the Championship, Gradel has been limited to just one appearance in the League Cup. Summer signings Dany N'Guessan and Paul Gallagher were given the nod ahead of Gradel at the start of the 2009-10 season and he has not yet managed to displace them.

Leeds United

""He has good pace and good quality.""

On 19 October 2009, Gradel joined Leeds United on loan for a month,[14] the same day as his ex-Bournemouth teammate Sam Vokes. He made an impressive debut with a superb 15 minute cameo as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Norwich City that same evening, winning the man of the match award in the process.[15] Gradel scored his first goal for Leeds on 31 October against Yeovil Town within minutes after coming on as a substitute, this prompted chants from the crowd of "Grayson sign him up".[16]

Leeds manager Simon Grayson has said he would like to extend Gradel's loan move beyond the initial month.[citation needed] Gradel himself has stated he would like to extend the loan deal at Leeds and has even hinted he would be happy to move to Leeds on a permanent deal.[citation needed] Leicester refused Leeds permission to play Gradel in their FA Cup game against Oldham.[citation needed] Gradel started his first game for Leeds in the 3-1 win against Grimsby, Gradel had a big hand in Leeds' first goal as his cross was diverted into his own net by Oliver Lancashire.[citation needed] The game would have been the last of Gradel's initial one month loan. The loan was extended to January 2, 2010, on the 13th November.[citation needed] The loan sees a 24 hour recall option should Leicester wish to recall him. Gradel came on as a very late substitute in the game against Brighton & Hove Albion.He is enjoying his time at Leeds scoring 2 goals, both in the league and also has a number of assists.[citation needed]

Gradel scored a dramatic winner for Leeds in the 89th minute against Leyton Orient after coming off the bench for Leeds. Gradel made his first start in the league for Leeds in the League game against Oldham Athletic. He provided two assists in the same game for Neil Kilkenny's and Luciano Becchio's goals. Gradel scored three minutes after coming on for Leeds as a substitute in the West Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town. Gradel made his second league start for Leeds in the game against Brentford, due to the suspension of Robert Snodgrass, when he was substituted late on in the second half of the match he kissed the Leeds badge on his shirt.[citation needed]

Gradel dropped to Leeds' bench against Accrington Stanley in the JPT. And came on as a substitute in the same game replacing Tresor Kandol. Gradel replaced Jermaine Beckford as a substitute against Southampton, it was something that Beckford didn't take very well and he turned down manager Simon Grayson's handshake and walked straight down the tunnel to a chorus of boo's from Leeds fans,[citation needed] Gradel made an immediate impact in the same game, minutes after coming on Robert Snodgrass curled a shot into the top right corner to seal Leeds' win. Gradel came off the bench for Leeds against Hartlepool United. Simon Grayson has said he would like to extend Gradel's loan spell at Leeds.[citation needed] Gradel came off the bench in the second half with Leeds 2-1 down against Stockport, after Gradel's introduction Leeds ended up being 4-2 victors. After the game Grayson confirmed he was talking to the parents clubs of all loan players.[citation needed] Gradel has built up a reputation as a super sub/impact player at Leeds.[citation needed] Leeds United signed him on a two and a half year contact on the 25th January 2010 for an undisclosed fee. His first appearance as an under contract Leeds' player came as a second half substitute in the 3-0 loss to Swindon Town.

After being unavailable for Leeds FA Cup loss against Tottenham Hotspur, Gradel came back into Leeds squad and the starting lineup against Hartlepool United in Leeds' 2-2 draw. He retained his place in the starting 11 for the next game against Carlisle United in the JPT second leg game. Where he put in a lively and passionate performance, Gradel was clearly fired up for the game so much so it resulted in him having an on field scuffle with his teammate Neil Kilkenny. Leed won the game 3-2 but were knocked out on penalties after a 6-5 penalty shootout in which Gradel converted his penalty for Leeds, but Gradel still ended up on the losing side when Shane Lowry missed his penalty. Gradel continued to keep his place in the side against Leyton Orient. AFter Jermaine Beckford returned from injury Gradel dropped back to Leeds' bench.

Career Statistics

Correct as of 16 January 2010

Season Club Division League Cup[17] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006–07 Leicester City Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 League One 27 1 4 1 28 2
2009–10 Championship 0 0 1 0 1 0
2006– Total 27 1 5 1 32 2
2007–08 Bournemouth (loan) League One 34 9 3 1 37 10
2009–10 Leeds United (loan) League One 14 3 2 0 16 3
2006– Career Total 75 13 10 2 85 15

Honours

Leicester City

References

  1. ^ "Young Stars Make The Grade". LCFC.co.uk. Leicester City F.C.. 2007-05-05. http://www.lcfc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1021228,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Duo Available". LCFC.co.uk (Leicester City F.C.). 2007-08-06. http://www.lcfc.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1085809,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Gradel On The Move". LCFC.co.uk (Leicester City F.C.). 2007-08-09. http://www.lcfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1088370,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Gradel Loan Extended". Leicester City F.C.. 2007-08-31. http://www.lcfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1103641,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Club 100% Behind Max". A.F.C. Bournemouth. 2007-10-08. http://www.afcb.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10324~1130376,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Cherries Rue Loan Departures". SkySports.com (British Sky Broadcasting). 2008-01-03. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12875_3019302,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Bournemouth re-sign Foxes' Gradel". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2008-01-11. http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/bournemouth/7183837.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  8. ^ "Gradel Pens New Foxes Deal". LCFC.co.uk (Leicester City F.C.). 2008-02-06. http://www.lcfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1233603,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  9. ^ "Leicester 2-0 MK Dons". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2008-08-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/7541043.stm. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  10. ^ "Gradel Extends City Stay". LCFC.co.uk (Leicester City F.C.). 2008-08-14. http://www.lcfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1365414,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  11. ^ "Crystal Palace 2-1 Leicester". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2009-01-14. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/fa_cup/7815358.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  12. ^ "MK Dons 2-2 Leicester". BBC Sport. 2009-02-28. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/7905733.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  13. ^ "Trio honoured at awards". LCFC.co.uk (Leicester City F.C.). 2009-04-23. http://www.lcfc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1634825,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  14. ^ a b "Gradel joins Leeds on loan deal". BBC Sport. 2009-10-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/8315905.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  15. ^ "Leeds United 2 - 1 Norwich". BBC Sport. 2009-10-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_2/8306388.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  16. ^ "Loan ace Max Gradel is a star with a flurry". Yorkshire Evening Post. 2009-11-03. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/Leeds-United-Loan-ace-Max.5788647.jp. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  17. ^ Includes F.A. Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy.

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