Max Gradel has had two stints at Bournemouth so far in his career and they both panned out completely different to each other.
His first came during his time at the King Power Stadium, as he joined on loan from Leicester.
The Ivory Coast man looked sharp and managed nine goals during his time there but the Cherries could only muster a 21st-placed finish.
Gradel then ventured to France and it looked like he had hit the top of his game, as he bagged a tremendous 17 goals in just 31 games for Saint-Etienne. It prompted Bournemouth – now in the Premier League – to bring him back to the Vitality Stadium on a permanent basis. With a lot of hype surrounding his signing, the club’s fans were looking forward to seeing what he could conjure up in the top tier of English football.
However, he ultimately ended up failing to make much of an impact during his second time there. Appearing only 25 times for them – with not a single start in his second season – the Cherries decided to part ways with the forward, as he left to join Toulouse on loan before making a full-time move to the French outfit.
So how has he been getting on since?
For Toulouse, he didn’t look too bad. He managed a total of 28 goals during his time there, which was a lot better return than during his Bournemouth days (although he also featured a lot more prominently). In 2020, he then decided to tackle a challenge in another new country, as he sealed a move to Sivasspor.
Gradel is still with the Turkish side and has appeared in eight matches for them so far this season. He’s already managed a goal and an assist and he’s so far helped his side to a midtable position in the league.
The 33-year old has become quite an important player then for his new side, playing in every league game for them so far this year. The player is seemingly thriving at his new club and Bournemouth are thriving now at the top of the Championship.
Still, there may always be a question of what might have been for the winger at the Vitality Stadium.