Kébé playing for Reading in 2011
|Full name||Jimmy Boubou Kébé|
|Date of birth||19 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Vitry-sur-Seine, France|
|Height||6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)|
|Current club||Crystal Palace|
|2006–2007||→ Châteauroux (loan)||18||(2)|
|2007–2008||→ Boulogne (loan)||16||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:53, 3 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
On 16 January 2008, Kébé agreed to join Reading, but his then club US Boulogne initially refused to let him end his season-long loan early. On 28 January 2008, Reading announced that Kébé had signed a 2½ year contract with them, moving for an undisclosed fee.
He made his debut for Reading as a substitute, coming on for John Oster late into a 1–0 away defeat to Everton on 9 February 2008 and should have opened his Reading account minutes later. He scored his first Reading goal in the 1–2 home defeat against Southampton on 22 November 2008. On 6 December 2008 he was sent off for the first time in his Reading career for aiming an elbow towards Barnsley defender Dennis Souza.
Kébé has since extended his contract until the summer of 2012. 2010 saw an up-turn in Kébé's goal-scoring form, notching up 13 goals in the Championship in the 2010 calendar year. On 21 August 2010, Kébé played his 100th game for Reading, appearing in a 1–1 draw with Nottingham Forest at the Madejski Stadium.
The 2011–12 season saw a further development in Kébé's position at Reading, with a well-publicised dispute over his contract. Having shown himself to be one of Reading's key players in the 2010/11 Playoff push, the club were eager to see him sign a new long term contract to ward off interest from other clubs such as Leicester City as his contract was at the time due to run out at the end of the 2011–12 season. It soon became clear that Kébé wanted to stay at the club, but was reluctant to sign a two-year deal rather than the three-year deal he wanted. Reading could not afford to offer Kébé a three year, despite being willing to make him one of their highest earners. This ongoing contract saga continued into the new year, with Reading manager Brian McDermott becoming increasingly resigned to the possibility of losing his prized winger. On 5 January 2012, it was confirmed that Reading had offered Kebe a new contract for the three years that he wanted. On 24 January 2012, following Anton Zingarevich's takeover of Reading, Kebe signed a new contract that will keep him at Reading until 2014.
Kebe scored his first Premier League goal in a 2–2 draw at home to Newcastle United. He scored on his return from injury with a cool finish at home to Arsenal in a 5–2 defeat. His next goal came at home to West Bromwich Albion with a far post diving header, to pull one back with 8 minutes to go. This sparked a dramatic comeback from the Royals who scored two more late goals in the dying moments to win 3-2. Kebe scored both the goals as Reading beat Sunderland at home 2-1, to move out of the relegation zone. He then injured his groin in the early minutes of the 1-3 defeat to Everton on 2 March 2013, and was out for the rest of the season.
- As of 3 December 2013
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jimmy Kébé.|
- Jimmy Kébé profile at Reading F.C.
- Jimmy Kébé career stats at Soccerbase
- Jimmy Kébé at National-Football-Teams.com
- Jimmy-Boubou Kébé French league stats at LFP.fr (French)