Author of a double header against OL, Martin Terrier continues to impress in Rennes, where the 25-year-old striker has taken on another dimension for a year. An unprecedented regularity since the beginning of his career and remarkable performances which suggest that he is not very far from the France team.
By Clément Gavard, in Rennes
We will soon have to find new superlatives to talk about Martin Terrier, author of a double header this Sunday to guide Stade Rennes to another success against Lyon. It’s not even the revenge of an ex determined to seal his former club, it’s just routine for the 25-year-old striker. No matter the opponent, Terrier is levitating, in another dimension, one that allows him to be a tone above everyone else on a pitch in a very blatant way. Facing OL, the gentleman more of the Rouge et Noir sometimes had some waste, but he was able to rise at the right time to smack two perfectly placed headers. The first where the scalp was enough to improve a caviar from Benjamin Bourigeaud, the second to take over a not easy cross from Adrien Truffert and offer victory to Rennes. “It’s both talent, but also sacrifice and generosity for the collectivesummarized Bruno Genesio after the game. I know he was very tired and wanted to get out before scoring the third goal. That’s also why I refocused it on the axis. He continues on his way. » For a year now, Terrier has been walking on water. It’s no longer a state of grace, it’s the advent of a very high level player.
“Martin, right now, he is monstrous. He’s finishing, he’s in the game, he’s omnipresent. » Steve Mandanda
A total attacker
Lyon supporters may not have recognized this frustrating player who left the club in the summer of 2020 to settle in Brittany, where he reunited with Genesio and Florian Maurice, two men convinced of the enormous potential of the attacker. At Rennes, Terrier has become a real scorer, to the point of rivaling Kylian Mbappé and Wissam Ben Yedder last season, finishing third best gunner in Ligue 1 with 21 goals. A great novelty for the one who had shaken the net 23 times in just over a hundred games with Lille, Strasbourg and OL, his first three clubs in the professional world. Next weekend, he should compete in his 100e match in the jersey of Rennes, where he has already entered the top 30 of the best scorers in the history of the club with 39 caramels. A local pride that allows him to find a place in the European gratin of the most clinical players. In the 2022 calendar year, Terrier is the fifth French scorer behind Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé, Christopher Nkunku and Wissam Ben Yedder. With 21 pawns scored since January (including only two penalties), he is even the eleventh top scorer in the first five championships, just behind Sadio Mané, Ciro Immobile (23) and Neymar (22).
Anyone who comes close to the efficiency of the illustrious Alexander Frei is much more than just a goalscorer. The player who used to disappear for long periods during a match, especially during his first season with Rennes, has become an omnipresent technical leader. In addition to being above the rest with a ball at his feet, like his fantastic ball catches, the elegant Terrier has learned to hurt himself and expand his palette. The striker is thus hyperactive in pressing, regularly descends on the lawn to fetch lower balls and even tries a few well-chosen defensive interventions when the game demands it. In duels, he is no longer the nice little boy he was when he arrived in Brittany, the one who seemed too shy and docile to exist physically. This season, he is the third player in the ranking of duels won (82) behind Benjamin André and Enzo Le Fée. Same thing in the air, where his bluffing relaxation allows him to scrape an impressive number of balls, with a second place tied with the Lille (38 aerial duels won) behind Toulouse defender Rasmus Nicolaisen. “Martin, right now, he’s monstrousconfirmed Steve Mandanda in the mixed zone this Sunday. He’s finishing, he’s in the game, he’s omnipresent. » Genesio had not said anything else on the eve of the reception of Lyon: “He is even more consistent in the binder he brings between midfield and attack. In his positioning, his technical choices and his defensive replacement. That makes him a very complete and very consistent player at a very high level. I’m very glad he stayed with us. »
“At the moment, the little Terrier is on a good dynamic. The french team ? I don’t know if he is close or far from it, but in any case he is on the right path. » Laurent Blanc, former coach
In the debate for a place with the Blues
The strongman of Stade Rennes could indeed have set sail this summer, but he, like the Breton club, which received an offer of more than 50 million euros from England, wanted to continue the adventure together. . A common will symbolized by an extension until 2026 signed in August. In recent months, the subject of the France team has begun to be put on the table, while Terrier received a pre-call in June and September, without having yet had the right to the precious sesame. It must be said that the competition is fierce in the offensive sector, but there could have been a match last month with Randal Kolo Muani, whose more axial profile may have convinced Didier Deschamps. If the Rennais walks rather on the left side under the red and black tunic, he has the qualities to evolve in all positions on the front of the attack. He also perhaps lacks more references on the European scene (23 games), even if his performance against Fenerbahçe (1 goal, 1 assist) showed that he was also on the right track there and up to the event.
Competition among the Blues, is it water?
“At the moment, the little Terrier is on a good dynamiceven underlined the former coach Laurent Blanc after the defeat. The french team ? I don’t know if he is close or far from it, but in any case he is on the right path. » Mandanda, who also knows the selection by heart, made the same speech. ” That’s flatteringsmiled Terrier in response. I’m not making a fix about that. The objective is to pass levels individually, but especially collectively. » In the Breton locker room, some of his teammates are under the spell and already associate the name of Terrier with the French team without hesitation, while the club is also impatient to see him climb the steps of the Château de Clairefontaine. He doesn’t seem disturbed, biding his time, perhaps knowing deep down that it will come soon enough if he stays at this level. More than three years after his last appearance with the Espoirs (13 games, 7 goals), Terrier has in any case deserved to find a place for himself in the debates.
By Clément Gavard, in Rennes
Interview by CG.