M’voto has Premier hopes

Jean-Yves M'voto
Jean-Yves M'voto
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Frenchman Jean-Yves M’voto has ambitions to play in the Premier League one day.

But for now the experienced centre-back is more than happy to try and prove himself with Barnsley at Championship level.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be here [at Barnsley], it’s a great club,” M’voto told the Green’Un.

“I’m ready for the challenge and want to improve as a player.

“I’d love to play in the Premier League, of course, but I need to prove myself here first.

“It’s a step up for me playing in the Championship, so I’ve got a lot of work to do.

“But I believe I’m at the right club and playing with a good group of players.”

Much was expected from the highly-rated M’voto as a budding youngster coming through the ranks at Paris St Germain.

But the 19-year-old defender didn’t even have chance to make his debut for the PSG first team before Sunderland came calling – and a dream move to the Premier League followed.

M’voto penned a three-and-a-half year deal with the Black Cats and was chomping at the bit to play in England’s top tier.

However, persistent ankle and hip injuries saw the centre-back spend much of time in the North East on the sidelines, although a loan spell, with Southend United eventually saw him get some much-needed games under his belt.

But, now only 24, the 6ft 4in defender still has time to make it to the ‘big’ time and prove people how good a player he is. “It was a good time for me at Paris St Germain, I enjoyed it,” revealed M’voto.

“I was young and I learnt a lot. Then I got a move to Sunderland, which I was excited about.

“It was disappointing to get my injuries, but that’s football. It meant I never got a good run at trying to get in the team and then I went out on loan to get some games.”

M’voto left Sunderland in June 2011 and signed a two-year deal with League One Oldham Athletic.

“Sunderland was great but so was moving to Oldham,” he added. “It’s a really good club, I learnt a lot.

“They had a good manager in Paul Dickov and we did well.

“We had a good run in the FA Cup, which was nice, and that’s led to some of us moving on from the club and getting the chance to play in the Championship.”

And M’voto admits he is currently looking to move to Leeds soon instead of commuting from his Manchester home to be closer to his new club.

“Hopefully I will find a new house.

“I don’t want to be travelling in from Manchester every day.

“I want to be nearer Barnsley.”