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Yoann: “It’s about playing for the team rather than yourself”

Frenchman speaks at end-of-season awards

13 May 2018

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Yoann Barbet cut a delighted figure at the Brentford FC end-of-season awards after being named 2017/18 Hottie of the Year and collecting the Club’s Goal of the Season award for his long-range free-kick at Bolton Wanderers.

The Frenchman responded humbly when asked about the former:

“I didn’t expect it,” a smiling Yoann told iFollow Brentford. “It’s always nice to get a trophy and Hottie of the Year means you’ve got a good look! If I had a grooming tip I’d tell you, but it’s all natural – I don’t do anything to my beard! I’m just lucky I suppose.”

Cradling his Goal of the Season trophy, the former Bordeaux man heaped praise on set-piece specialist Bartek Sylwestrzak, a man who he has worked closely with since making the switch to West London in 2015.

“I’m really glad to get it and I’m also happy for Bartek because we’ve worked hard together for three years now and that effort is beginning to pay off. I scored two free-kicks this season and had opportunities to score more, so there’s still room for improvement.

“We hadn’t won during our first seven league games so it was an important goal at one-nil that gave the lads confidence. A few hours before I’d been in France because my mother had undergone heart surgery, so it was a special moment for me. We got the win and scored three worldies which kick-started what proved to be a great season.”

Deployed at centre-back for The Bees’ final game of the season against Hull City, Yoann found himself on the left side of a back four for the majority of the campaign. The 25-year-old said he is happy to help the team wherever selected.

“It’s not the season I expected,” admitted Yoann. “I didn’t think I’d play 35 games as a left-back, but I’m quite pleased with what I’ve done. I hadn’t played as a left-back much before so I’ve learnt a lot this year and shown some versatility. If the gaffer needed me to play as a striker then I would do it to the best of my ability – it’s about playing for the team rather than yourself.”

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