The icing on the Rennes transfer window. Last summer, the residents of Roazhon Park, led by their new sports director Florian Maurice, were very active in the transfer market. It must be said that the Breton club wanted to strengthen before embarking on the first campaign in its history in the UEFA Champions League. Martin Terrier, Serhou Guirassy, Nayef Aguerd, Alfred Gomis, Dalbert (Inter, loan) and Daniele Rugani (Juventus, loan) have arrived. All these little people were joined by Jérémy Doku, who arrived on October 5 during the last day of the 2020 summer transfer window.
Presented for several years as a great Belgian hope, the young man, bought for around 26M €, was convinced by Rennes as specified in the press release. “Young Belgian international Jérémy Doku has chosen Stade Rennais FC. The now ex-Anderlecht striker has signed up for five seasons. Able to evolve in the left lane as well as the right lane of the attack, Jérémy Doku feels ready to take up a new challenge: to show his immense talent in Ligue 1 Uber Eats and on the grounds of the Champions League ”. It only remained to see it in action!
0 goals in 26 appearances this season
Launched in L1 on October 16 (10 minutes against Dijon) then in the Champions League on October 20 (29 minutes against Krasnodar), the native of Borgerhout then made a place for himself in the Rennes workforce. In total, he appeared 26 times in all competitions, including 20 times as a holder. Often restless, the Belgian was not yet decisive enough. If he delivered three assists, he did not score a single goal. More and more criticized, Jérémy Doku (18) can count on the support of his club. In December, Florian Maurice had rushed to his aid.
“We dared to hit on Jérémy Doku, born in 2002, who arrived on October 5 and who played two days later with players whose first names he did not know! Today, it is gradually integrating. He got his apartment back a week ago. We are always in a hurry with the recruits, but I know that for some, it takes three, four, five, six months. And I have the example of Rai in Paris or Juninho in Lyon, where it took a year for them to perform well ”. But the Stade Rennais, eighth in L1, eliminated from the C1 and the Coupe de France, is currently in the rough especially the attack which is idling.
Julien Stéphan believes in him
Present at a press conference this Wednesday before the Nice reception on Friday, Alfred Gomis did not want to get wet when talking about the form of his young teammate. “I hope he will score goals. I’m a goalie, I can’t discuss his way of playing too much. It’s not for me to explain to him how to do his job ”. It is, indeed, that of Julien Stéphan who did not hesitate to pronounce on his case. “On the margin of progress, you have to have patience with an 18-year-old player who is explosive, who dribbles. If he was already a finished product, in terms of passes and gestures, he would already be in a European top club. He has this room for improvement. We trust him. He must not doubt and he must take refuge in work “.
He added : “Jérémy is unsettling, hard-hitting, he eliminates a lot. He is more and more watched, we observe two or three catches on him. So that must lead us to adjustments if there are two on him, we must have solutions elsewhere. He is only 18 years old and he still has a lot of room for improvement in the last pass and the last move. I don’t like the game of comparisons but it reminds me of the case of Sadio Mané in Metz who had scored two goals. He is only 18 years old, we would like him to be ultra decisive now. If he was today he would not be in Rennes. He is a player with great potential. He is a worker and a seeker. He has room for improvement, we all see him working to improve ”. On the right track, Doku hopes to quickly open his goal counter and prove that Rennes was right to believe in him.