Mikael Mandron

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Mikael Mandron
Personal information
Full name Mikael Yann Mathieu Mandron[1]
Date of birth (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Gillingham
Youth career
INF Clairefontaine
Boulogne-Billancourt
2011–2013 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Sunderland 3 (0)
2014Fleetwood Town (loan) 11 (1)
2015Shrewsbury Town (loan) 3 (0)
2015–2016Hartlepool United (loan) 5 (0)
2016–2017 Eastleigh 28 (10)
2017 Wigan Athletic 3 (0)
2017–2019 Colchester United 85 (12)
2019– Gillingham 19 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:55, 5 January 2020 (UTC)

Mikael Yann Mathieu Mandron (born 11 October 1994) is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Gillingham.

Mandron joined the Academy at Sunderland from the French lower leagues in the summer of 2011. He completed his two-year scholarship before making his Premier League debut in April 2013. He joined League Two side Fleetwood Town on loan in 2014 and spent time on loan at fellow League Two club Shrewsbury Town in 2015. He had a final loan at Hartlepool United in late 2015 before being released by Sunderland in summer 2016. He signed for National League side Eastleigh, where his performances earned the attention of Championship club Wigan Athletic, signing in January 2017. He then signed for League Two club Colchester United in July 2017. He made 95 appearances for Colchester before his release in summer 2019.

Club career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

Born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France,[3] Mandron attended the Clairefontaine Academy alike compatriots Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka. He came through the youth ranks at Boulogne-Billancourt,[4] for whom he had played since the age of seven. He joined Sunderland's Academy in the summer of 2011 at the age of 16 for his two-year scholarship.[5]

Following an injury to Steven Fletcher, Mandron was called into training with the first team in March 2013.[6] On 29 April, Mandron made his professional debut against Aston Villa, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute and replacing Danny Graham in a 6–1 defeat.[7]

With first-team opportunities limited at Sunderland, on 7 January 2014 Mandron agreed to join League Two club Fleetwood Town until the end of the season.[8] He made his debut on 11 January in a 1–0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.[9] He then scored his first professional goal on 1 February 2014, in a 2–1 loss to York City.[10] He went on to make 13 appearances before returning to his parent club in March 2014.[11]

On 28 January 2015, Mandron signed on a youth loan for League Two side Shrewsbury Town until the end of the season.[12] He made his Shrewsbury debut three days later, in a 1–0 win over Newport County.[13] He made three appearances for the club.[14]

On 13 November 2015, Mandron joined League Two side Hartlepool United on loan until 2 January 2016.[15] He made his Hartlepool debut against Leyton Orient on 15 November in a 3–1 win.[16] He scored his second career goal on 15 December in Hartlepool's FA Cup second round replay against Salford City. He scored in the 120th-minute of the game after the match ended 0–0.[17] After picking up a groin strain, Hartlepool ended his loan early in late December after the striker had scored one goal in seven appearances.[18]

Sunderland announced in April 2016 that Mandron would be one of four players to be released at the end of the season on the expiry of his contract.[19]

Eastleigh[edit]

National League side Eastleigh signed Mandron on a two-year contract on 14 June 2016 following his release by Sunderland.[20] He had previously been linked with a move to Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle.[21] He made his Eastleigh debut on 6 August, starting in their 2–1 win against Guiseley before being replaced in the 84th minute.[22] He scored his first goals for the club on 29 August with a hat-trick against Bromley.[23] After scoring 15 goals in 33 games for Eastleigh, he was linked with a move back to the English Football League after Championship side Wigan Athletic had an undisclosed offer accepted by Eastleigh.[24]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 31 January 2017, Wigan Athletic signed Mandron on a ​2 12-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[25] He came off the bench to make his Wigan debut on 21 February in their 2–1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers.[26] He made one start and two substitute appearances before the end of the campaign.[27]

Colchester United[edit]

After making only three appearances for Wigan, Mandron moved to League Two club Colchester United for an undisclosed fee on 21 July 2017, signing a two-year contract.[28] He made his Colchester debut on 5 August in their 3–1 defeat at Accrington Stanley.[29] He scored his first Colchester goal on 12 August with the equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Stevenage.[30] He was sent off for the first time in his professional career when he handled the ball in the penalty area during Colchester's 3–1 defeat at Cheltenham Town on 16 September.[31] He was named in the 'EFL Team of the Week' after scoring two goals against Crewe Alexandra which brought his tally to four goals in his last five games.[32] He was nominated for the EFL League Two Player of the Month award after scoring four goals in five games during the month of October.[33]

Gillingham[edit]

On the expiry of his contract in summer 2019, Mandron was released by Colchester United,[34] and subsequently joined Gillingham.[35] He scored his first goal for Gillingham when he scored in an EFL Trophy tie against former club Colchester United on 3 September 2019.[36]

International career[edit]

Eligible to represent England, France, and Scotland at international level,[37] Mandron was called up to the Scotland under-20 team in May 2013. He qualifies to play for Scotland through an Aberdeen-born grandparent.[4]

Style of play[edit]

Possessing a big physique, striker Mandron uses this trait to back into defenders, collect the ball by dropping deeper into the midfield, and hold the ball up, with the ability to win headers from set-plays.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Mandron supported Real Madrid when growing up, while he also followed the results of Paris Saint-Germain.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 4 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2012–13[39] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2013–14[40] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[14] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[41] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2013–14[40] League Two 11 1 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 13 1
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2014–15[14] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Hartlepool United (loan) 2015–16[41] League Two 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
Eastleigh 2016–17[27] National League 28 10 5 5 0 0 33 15
Wigan Athletic 2016–17[27] Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Colchester United 2017–18[42] League Two 44 10 1 0 1 0 3[b] 0 49 10
2018–19[43] League Two 41 2 1 0 1 0 3[b] 0 46 2
Total 85 12 2 0 2 0 6 0 95 12
Career total 138 23 9 6 2 0 8 0 157 29
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

References[edit]

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