that he would need to leave to get regular game time, so agreed a loan move to French Ligue 1 side Dijon.
It meant another change of culture and another new language, but it’s not in Mavididi’s nature to shy away from a challenge.
“When I was a kid I used to play on the street with older boys,” he says. “You get kicked a lot because they think they can walk all over you.
“So I think that’s where my work ethic comes from. I’m not afraid of a challenge and after my year in Italy I was ready to play regularly in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
“When I first signed I didn’t really know what to expect because I didn’t really know how most of the teams played in France.
“So it took me a bit of time to adapt, but now I feel like I’ve discovered the type of league it is and how to get around it.”
Mavididi has scored six times in 22 appearances for Dijon this season, with four of those goals coming in his last five games.