Passing the 10-goal mark at 21, in all competitions in a season, is an important indicator of a player’s progress. If we add his 5 assists in Ligue 2, we can say that Kévin Cabral has passed a milestone with Valenciennes. Despite these flattering statistics, the former member of the PSG training center holds a more ambitious speech. With in mind, the goals and assists that he could have added to his tally since the start of the season.
At 21, with 10 goals and 5 assists at the beginning of March, can we say that there is no debate on whether you are having a good season?
A good season is a big word. Good statistics yes, but if I stop saying that, it means that I stop wanting to be better and I am resting on my laurels. I still have a lot of waste in the last move, in front of the goal, or in the good times when I have to find the right pass or the right shift.
Do you watch your games cold?
Yes, we have a system where we have access to all our actions from the day after the match. I look at everything, then we work it out with the staff. I still find that I lack a lot of lucidity. I try to get a lot of chances, but there are still too many that don’t end in a goal. I have to find my rhythm so as not to try too hard for nothing.
Valenciennes is a team that leaves the ball more often than it has, is it more complicated when you want to be creative?
I don’t necessarily agree, because there are matches where we deprive our opponents of the ball. On the other meetings, we still manage to have 3 or 4 well-constructed actions. This is where I see that I grew up, that I mature. I am able not to come and get the balloons that are too low. At the beginning, I wanted to be everywhere, to do everything thoroughly. Today, I manage to use my speed more often and want to be decisive on each ball touched.
This is your fourth season at Valenciennes. You were not retained by the training center of the PSG, with hindsight it was a bad for a good?
Coming to Valenciennes is the best decision I have made so far. I think that there are not many players who agree to come to the Valenciennes training center by leaving the PSG one. I must admit that it was complicated at first when I learned that I was not kept in Paris. I thought I was bad, that I was not going to end up professional. But I ended up being positive, telling myself that the only solution was to work. I did my classes quietly in Valenciennes and I am there today.
Did this period teach you to be more patient, when we see that some L1 clubs in particular monitor your performances?
Frankly, no more than that. From the start I am not someone who is in a hurry. I know I still have everything to prove. It’s not good statistics over a season that will make my career. I’m fine at Valenciennes, I want to continue to improve, and we’ll see the rest later.