Armand Gnanduillet is determined to hit a minimum of 15 goals for Blackpool this season, as he aims to improve on his previous best in English football.
The French striker scored a total of 14 in all competitions for the Seasiders last season yet is already closing in on half that amount from the opening months of the new campaign.
“Last season I got 14 and now I’m already on six, so I want to pass 14 goals this season. I think I am on the way to doing it, but I must keep working hard and scoring goals. The most important thing is to avoid injury and to keep working in the gym and in training,” Gnanduillet said.
“I thought last season was my best in English football, but I hope this season is going to be my best because of the way I have started. My focus is just on playing games and scoring goals to help the team.”
Of the six goals he has scored so far, the 27-year-old has team-mate Liam Feeney to thank for providing a good percentage of them.
“I think Liam is the present star player for us this season. I know that I have scored goals, but I wouldn’t score if it wasn’t for the assists,” he admitted. “The balls at Gillingham and against Portsmouth were ridiculous. We work hard on things in training and I now know, from his body language, where the ball is going to go.”
Currently competing for a place up top with summer signings Joe Nuttall and Ryan Hardie, Gnanduillet is quite honest in saying that he thrives on such competition.
“I want players to be at their best because it pushes me. I love the challenge of competition and it doesn’t scare me. We have some good forward players at the club – Joe, Ryan, Delf, Sullay – so you know you have to score. I love the competition and that only helps the team.”