With star striker martin terrier He won’t be able to play for the rest of the season with an ACL injury. Stade Rennais They have lost an important element in their offensive play and will have to reinvent themselves this season to maintain their excellent form.
Exactly how they will do this remains unclear, but the first clues will come on Saturday, when Brittany club Coupe de France heads to Bordeaux for the round of 64 (20:45). Rennes will have to learn to do without the Terrier – something the team has hardly had to do since Bruno Genesio arrived at the shelter in March 2021; The Martin Terrier played 79 games with Rennes, only missing four games.
First, it was saddened by the cries of pain from the tireless and beloved player who has demonstrated his goal-scoring ability by scoring 33 goals in 68 games since the summer of 2021. and was named Ligue 1 Uber Eats player of the month for October, was in excellent form before being injured against Nice, the team’s first defender and most clinical finisher.
The fans gave him a standing ovation, the actors went to console him, the messages poured in on social networks… Then came the terrible decision: the cruciate ligament of the right knee was severed and he is about to undergo surgery. It’s unlikely that the Terrier will hit his signature goal celebration dart again until next season.
Terrier ‘impossible’ to replace
Above all, the Terrier was one of the pillars of Genesio’s style of passing and movement, to which he added accuracy and fluency. The club has been very proud that despite the attention it has garnered – especially in England – they have been able to keep him this summer.
“Martin is one of the offensive leaders and is also very important in the building of our game. It will be very difficult to fill his absence,” the coach said on Monday night, shortly after sending the young player away. Matthlis Abline was loaned to Auxerre to get more playing time.
The club may try to take advantage of the January transfer window to find reinforcements, but Genesio believes they already have options in their roster.
“It’s impossible to replace Martin,” Genesio insisted. “Players who haven’t played much lately and have the opportunity to show what they have are here.”
Could this be the time for Jeremy Doku and Kamaldeen Sulemana, two fascinating speedsters who showed so much promise at the start of last season but are struggling for condition and form in the current campaign?
Jérémy Doku looks ‘promising’
After a series of injuries, the two wingers are finally available, but their roles are very different from the Terrier. And despite being only 20 years old, they still lack experience. Some of Sulemana’s dribbling cost Rennes in the fall, while Doku, who took the field for the Terrier against Nice on Monday, has a lot of speed and power but lacked a certain unpredictability in his game.
However, Bruno Genesio appreciated the Belgian national’s contribution: “It was very promising in spirit. It was a handful for the defenders, but he was back in position and showed a lot of defensive effort. Then, maybe he has one or two offensive options. Where he can do better; but it also needs trust.”
Genesio could also look at Amine Gouiri, who has a more complete offensive profile, but the forward prefers to play in the middle – playing on the wing at Nice last season was not a good fit for him.
“I also have the option of using a different formation,” said Genesio, who was able to really abandon the 4-4-2 and move to 4-3, which depends heavily on the Terrier and Benjamin Bourigeaud’s wing abilities. The -3 would have made room for Rennes’ rich midfield talent. It was his pick in Lille in early November in his only game without the Terrier this season. But things didn’t go so well and Genesio’s men were lucky to score a point in a game largely dominated by the hosts (1-1).