The Monday Profile: Yann Kermorgant

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in The Monday Profile | 6 Comments

Cornish footballers have been notably thin on the ground over the course of the history of the game with Nigel Martyn, Matthew Etherington and Exeter City legend Tony Kellow the most famous of a very rare bunch indeed. Oddly, the case is different across the Channel, where Cornwall’s close cultural brethren in Brittany have produced more than a few well known stars. Amongst these, one finds ex-Rangers boss Paul Le Guen, current Champions League starlet and the latest to be afforded the label, “the new Zidane”, Yoann Gourcuff, ex-Nantes star Yvon le Roux, French league title winner Patrick Colleter and Laurent Viaud, who became a scout for Liverpool. The Breton national team has only ever played three matches but two of those have resulted in victories and Wales have been rumoured to be lining up a friendly. Add to that, clubs like Nantes, Rennes and Guingamp have employed some of the biggest stars in the world game including Didier Drogba and Marcel Desailly.

One of the newer talents to emerge from the rocky outcrops of the French Atlantic coast is Leicester City’s Yann Kermorgant. Joining the Foxes last Summer after a decent scoring spree at Stade de Reims, the 28 year old’s barrel chested appearance and considerable height appeared tailor made for the English game. Earlier spells at Chà¢tellerault and Grenoble had also been productive and a strike rate of 1 in 4 before arriving in the UK was respectable if not scintillating.

But Big Yann’s enjoyed no Life of Pi fantasy thus far. 17 appearances failed to see him net a single goal and even the cruel absence through injury of Matty Fryatt has allowed him little chance to make an impact. Built to play on the shoulder of the last man, Kermorgant has tended to drop too deep or wide — OK if you are Wayne Rooney — but not if you are a fairly lumbering Frenchman. The word from Leicester message boards is that he appears to be something of a loner (although how they work this out, I cannot conceive), but a rare French voice claims that his best position would be just behind the front man and that the likely departure of Steve Howard in the Summer will present him with opportunities. Add to that the fact that the Vannes born player has played the full 90 minutes only twice this season and one does begin to feel sympathy.

However, the presence of one of those fabled youtube videos makes you think that Leicester may have been diddled. After Steve Howard and Martyn Waghorn made hay against QPR today, “Kermo” is unlikely to be overly called upon to provide ballast for Leicester’s promotion challenge.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 50 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.


  1. mirkobolesan
    April 5, 2010

    I was delighted when I heard Wales could be playing Breton in a friendly. I was well up for going over there and seeing a European away game (as I've decided Bergkamp style not to fly again – more to do with environmental reasons may I add).

    Unfortunately they blew us out and are due to play Albania instead.

    Yes, that's right, Albania.

  2. Lanterne Rouge
    April 6, 2010

    I have heard that Tirana is quite a fascinating place to visit – I think its mayor came up with the novel idea of painting buildings in bright colours in order to leaven the gloom.

  3. mirkobolesan
    April 6, 2010

    That's all well and good, but I believe Breton have arranged a home game against the Eastern Europeans!

  4. Lanterne Rouge
    May 3, 2010

    Yes – fair play. What a great goal. Would be good to see Yann bang in some more in the play offs. All the play off talk has seemed to centre upon the other 3 sides and that is unfair on Leicester.

  5. mirkobolesan
    May 13, 2010

    Didn't quite work out for Yann in the playoffs did it? Incredible.

    Very notable that his team-mates spent most of their time consoling Waghorn rather than Kermorgant. The Frenchman could well have played his last game for Leicester City.


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