Yoann Court, Brest's assist king
Karim Benzema, Alassane Plea and Yoann Court. Spot the odd one out? There isn't one. All three Frenchmen have made stunning starts to their seasons.
Benzema and Plea have raced out of the blocks in La Liga and the Bundesliga respectively, and Stade Brestois 29 midfielder Yoann Court has done the same thing. His two goals and five assists in Ligue 1 Conforama this season have made him the newly promoted club's stand-out performer in the opening weeks of the season.
It is all the more impressive given the 29-year-old's only previous top-flight experience was 25 appearances in a single campaign — the 2015/16 season — with ESTAC Troyes.
“I was delighted, because against Lyon, the club I began with, I scored my first Ligue 1 goals. It was a great moment!” Court told The Ligue 1 Show of his Week 7 exploits in the 2-2 draw with OL.
“I’m a hard worker, I don’t cut corners. I won’t miss training for a small injury or anything. I enjoy doing things like everyone else, I work hard to progress and to bring what I can to the team. Training is the only way of improving. I’ve always been a hard worker, it’s the way I am and I enjoy it!”
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Only AS Monaco's Islam Slimani has set up more goals than Court in Ligue 1 this season with Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappé — on three — closest to the Brest man.
“I tell Gaetan Charbonnier that if we’re two on one in front of goal, I’d rather pass to him than score. An assist is as good as goal for me!" said Court. “I’m delighted and also quite surprised, because five assists and two goals is really not bad!”
A recent diagnosis of diabetes has not held the ex-Gazelec Ajaccio man back either, and Court feels it is a factor in his success rather than something that has held him back.
“Every time I play, I’m delighted, I’ve played another game and as someone who suffers from diabetes, each match is a victory!” he said. “Good things have comes from my diagnoses. I eat healthier than I used to. I know that if I start eating any old thing, then that will affect my performances and I will pick up injuries.
“I often go to talk to people about coping with diabetes, about my experience with the disorder as a professional footballer, because for many, the two don’t go together. I also remind them that life is far richer than they might think! That you can’t wonder why it is you suffering from the disorder rather than someone else. You have to stay positive!”