Now on a career-best 15 goals for the season, top scorer Armand Gnanduillet reveals more about himself on-and-off the pitch.
Who was your sporting hero growing up?
I would say Patrick Kluivert when he was at Ajax and Barcelona. Him and Rivaldo, but Kluivert was a strong striker.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve taken on board?
Teddy Sheringham, when I was at Stevenage, told me to always be on the move in the box. I am tall and strong, so the movement makes it hard for a defender to defend against me.
Do you have any pre-match superstitions?
Which one do you want? I go on the field with my left foot first and do everything with the left side of my body first. I also pray.
Favourite goal you’ve scored in your career so far?
I would say the goal against Luton in the play-offs for the meaning, but my greatest is probably when I was at Leyton Orient. During that week my uncle passed away and on the Saturday I scored a screamer with my left foot. It was quite an emotional goal.
Who is the most famous name in your phonebook?
I would say Mendy and Mahrez from Manchester City.
What would you have been if not a footballer?
Play another sport, maybe handball.
What is your favourite TV series?
I watch Netflix a lot. Right now I’m watching Greanleaf.
Is there a goal you’ve watched somebody else score that you’d have loved to have scored yourself?
It’s not a goal, more what happened before. It was in the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and Benzema went in the corner and passed three players, hit a cross-shot that Oblak saved and then Isco scored. It was more about what Benzema did before the goal. It was all about the composure, the control, the technique and the power as well.
Alongside yourself, name another four players who would make up your ultimate five-aside team.
Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Nesta, Diego Maradona and Rivaldo.