Having overcome their rough patch, Girondins de Bordeaux are now spoilt for choice in the attacking department.
As well as Gaëtan Laborde and Nicolas de Préville, Gustavo Poyet can now call upon the experience and power… of Martin Braithwaite.
‘Give my all’
“I’m here to give my all,” Braithwaite explained to the Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS. “But the coach decides who plays. I like his style and his project here is interesting.”
Signed on loan from Middlesbrough in January, Les Girondins‘ new No. 9 is no stranger to Ligue 1 Conforama, having scored 35 goals in four seasons for local rivals Toulouse FC. Crossing the Garonne to join Bordeaux hasn’t gone down too well with fans of the club that Braithwaite used to captain.
“Yes, I’m in Bordeaux now but I’m very happy,” he continued. “If people don’t like it, that’s up to them! When I think about Toulouse, it puts a smile on my face. I only have good memories, and this won’t change anything. It’s like I grew up there, it was my first club outside Denmark.”
The Danish international made his first start for Bordeaux last Saturday, helping the six-time French Champions extend their winning run to four games with a 3-2 victory over Amiens SC . Ahead of the trip to Olympique de Marseille, confidence riding high, and Braithwaite is excited to take to the pitch at Orange Vélodrome once more.
“We’ve won our last four games so we’ve got a great chance against Marseille. It’s a chance to show what we’re worth. It’s a beautiful stadium, very noisy, so I can’t wait to play this match.”
After a change of managers at Middlesbrough left Braithwaite out in the cold, the 26-year-old is hoping Bordeaux will provide an ideal platform for him to play, and of course score regularly, with the FIFA World Cup just four months away.
“It’s in the back of my mind,” he concluded. “But first I want to be scoring every weekend for Bordeaux, I want to help the team win. That’s the most important thing, then I can think about the World Cup, but first let’s win some games here.”