Name: Adam le Fondre
Date of Birth: 2/12/1986
Former Clubs: Stockport County, Rochdale, Rotherham
League Appearances (Goals): 341 (140)
International Appearances (Goals): 0 (0)
Stat of the Day: Adam le Fondre`s total of 8 goals as a substitute in the Premier League last season is the highest recorded in a single PL campaign
Player Profile: Adam le Fondre hates being called ‘supersub` but when over half of his Reading appearances have come from the bench and 19 of his 30 league goals in a Reading shirt have come as a substitute it`s hard to find any other way to describe the 5ft 9in striker. Reading fans appear to be in the unanimous agreement that le Fondre is better employed as a substitute, but to be fraught with such a label is rarely craved by any aspiring striker. Brought up idolising the likes of Eric Cantona and, ironically, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, le Fondre`s goal scoring record is something to be admired for especially as his rise from League Two to the Premier League transpired in such a swift fashion. While his surroundings have somewhat changed, his lethal finishing has remained the same.
In truth, the signing of le Fondre was a strange one for Reading; £300,000 for a player who would be stretched to be found playing at a higher level with no real opportunity to sell him on for a profit. In reality, the 26-year-old has accomplished what he set out to do though – get Reading promoted and give it a fair old crack at keeping them up. Unfortunately for the frontman, both McDermott and now Adkins have little trust in regarding le Fondre as their main striker and his impressive goalscoring record from the bench has brought him little respite in cementing his place in Reading`s starting 11. Any manager would love to have the presence from the bench le Fondre offers though and while Reading`s top goalscorer remains at the club he will be a useful asset to Reading`s promotion charge. Let`s hope he just starts on Saturday?
Adam le Fondre began his career at hometown club Stockport County where he progressed through the club`s Centre of Excellence. He scored on his first team debut in 2004 at the age of just 17 in a Football League Trophy fixture against Bury, a game which his side won 3-1. He soon became a first-team regular and 20 goals from 33 starts in all competitions saw him move to nearby Rochdale in 2007, initially on a loan deal.
Dale manager Keith Hill made le Fondre a permanent signing after his impressive initial loan spell as the striker signed a three year contract. He featured in every game in his first season at Rochdale as they made it all the way to the Wembley Playoff Final at the end of the 2007/2008 season, which his side lost 3-2 against former club Stockport. He was the club’s leading marksman that campaign and continued his fine form into the 2008/2009 season as he finished the season as his side`s top scorer with 21 goals and a series of Player of the Season accolades.
His impressive form saw him move to Rotherham United in 2009 where he signed a three year deal. His work rate and obvious talent endeared him to the Rotherham faithful and he quickly became a fans` favourite. Le Fondre was nominated for the divisional Player of the Month award four times throughout the course of the 2009/2010 season and was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year, as Rotherham qualified for the playoffs. Le Fondre experienced his second playoff final heartbreak, however, as his side lost 3-2 in the final against Dagenham & Redbridge. Le Fondre finished the season with 30 goals and was linked with moves to Championship clubs Derby County and Leicester City over the summer.
He stayed at the Don Valley Stadium, however, and Le Fondre`s 50th goal for The Millers came in his 87th appearance for the club. In 2011 Rotherham couldn`t hold onto their starman any longer as Reading swooped to sign the striker for a fee of £300 000. His debut season at the Madjeski saw him score 12 times as he helped Reading secure the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League. The striker clinched the record for the most Premier League goals as a substitute in the 2012/2013 season as he was also named Reading`s Player of the Season.
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One to Watch – Adam le Fondre
Name: Adam le Fondre