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Max Gradel

Full name: Max-Alain Gradel
Birthdate: 30.11.1987
Birthplace: Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Position: Winger, striker
Joined from: Local
Nationality: Ivory Coast
First game: MK Dons, 09.08.2008
Last game: Macclesfield Town, 12.08.2009
Games: 33 (19 starts + 14 subs)
Goals: 2
Player Profile

The French-born Ivory Coast winger had bags of pace and plenty of tricks up his sleeves. He was offered trials with Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham and Leicester before deciding on signing a deal with City. He signed his first pro contract in May 2007 but was sent out on-loan to Bournemouth to gain valuable first-team experience for almost the whole of the 2007-08 campaign.

His form with the Cherries saw him earn a three-year contract with Leicester and he made his league debut for the Foxes against MK Dons in August 2008, setting up on goal in a 2-0 victory. His free-kick away at MK Dons saw him win the City supporters' club goal of the season. He made 32 appearances as City won promotion as league champions.

But he made just one appearance the following season, as a substitute in the League Cup, something that baffled some City fans. Nigel Pearson sent him out on loan to Leeds United and on his return to City he handed in a transfer request, allowing him to sign for Leeds on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

The jet-heeled winger went on to sign for French side St Etienne following his stint at Leeds.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
2008-09League One271212---1-322
2008_52_
2009-10Championship----1-----1-
2009_52_
Total271213---1-33 2
_52_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 09.08.2008 2 - 0 MK Dons (H) League One
2 12.08.2008 1 - 0 Stockport County (H) League Cup 1
3 16.08.2008 0 - 0 Stockport County (A) League One
4 23.08.2008 3 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (H) League One
5 27.08.2008 2 - 3 Fulham (A) League Cup 2
6 30.08.2008 4 - 0 Cheltenham Town (A) League One
7 13.09.2008 0 - 1 Millwall (H) League One
8 20.09.2008 3 - 1 Leyton Orient (A) League One
9 23.09.2008 0 - 0 Lincoln City (H) League Trophy 2
10 04.10.2008 3 - 2 Huddersfield Town (A) League One
11 18.10.2008 1 - 1 Oldham Athletic (A) League One
12 21.10.2008 2 - 2 Walsall (H) League One
13 25.10.2008 0 - 0 Northampton Town (H) League One
14 28.10.2008 2 - 3 Brighton & Hove Albion (A) League One
15 01.11.2008 2 - 1 Bristol Rovers (H) League One
16 22.11.2008 2 - 1 Scunthorpe United (A) League One
17 25.11.2008 2 - 1 Crewe Alexandra (H) League One
18 03.01.2009 0 - 0 Crystal Palace (H) FA Cup 3
19 10.01.2009 3 - 0 Leyton Orient (H) League One
20 14.01.2009 1 - 2 Crystal Palace (A) FA Cup 3 rep 1
21 07.02.2009 0 - 0 Oldham Athletic (H) League One
22 28.02.2009 2 - 2 MK Dons (A) League One 1
23 07.03.2009 4 - 0 Cheltenham Town (H) League One
24 11.03.2009 0 - 2 Tranmere Rovers (A) League One
25 21.03.2009 1 - 1 Colchester United (H) League One
26 28.03.2009 0 - 2 Peterborough United (A) League One
27 04.04.2009 2 - 2 Carlisle United (H) League One
28 11.04.2009 3 - 1 Hereford United (A) League One
29 13.04.2009 1 - 0 Leeds United (H) League One
30 18.04.2009 2 - 0 Southend United (A) League One
31 24.04.2009 2 - 2 Scunthorpe United (H) League One
32 02.05.2009 3 - 0 Crewe Alexandra (A) League One
33 12.08.2009 2 - 0 Macclesfield Town (A) League Cup 1

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN Local Youth September 2005
OUT  Bournemouth On loan 10.08.2007
OUT  Bournemouth On loan 11.01.2008
OUT  Leeds United On loan 11.09.2009
OUT  Leeds United Unknown 25.01.2010
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