In Brittany, Martin Terrier tore up his label as a promising too often disappointing player to become a class striker. At 25, he is having the best season of his career, the result of awareness and intense work, and has allowed himself to earn a place in the history books of Stade Rennes by doing better than idol Alexander Frei in the 21st century with 21 achievements. But the goalscorer is not just a statistics machine.
He had left OL in the summer of 2020 with the status of a failed promising player, today he has taken on another dimension in the Stade Rennes jersey. At 25, Martin Terrier is having a stunning season, his best since the start of his career. He even seems to be walking on water in 2022, to the point that his hat-trick in Saint-Étienne last December is already a distant memory. This Sunday, the winger took advantage of the weakness of Lorient to deliver a new capital performance and improve his statistical lines.
In just two minutes, he put the mess on the right side to bring the opener of his friend Benjamin Bourigeaud, the other strongman of the Breton club in recent months, before donning his now usual striker costume. to break with a flat right foot full of composure. “I’m quite skilful, it’s one of my qualities, so when the opportunities follow one another, it’s easier to make my skill speak” , he smiled in the mixed zone after the meeting. Bruno Genesio, his coach who had managed him at OL, is on his side satisfied: “In addition, he scores important goals. They all are, but the first or the second are often very important in a match. I’m very happy for him because he had harder times here or in Lyon when we met him with Flo (Mauritius). It shows that he has progressed mentally. » A first broken glass ceiling, without really knowing where Terrier intends to stop.
“I think he realized his huge potential. » Bruno Genesio
Better than Alexander Frei
In any case, the striker has no limits in terms of numbers and records. He did not even wait for the spring to sign his best statistical season on a personal level, doing better than his eleven goals in all competitions with OL in 2018-2019 from February. Sat 21and achievement in the league this weekend against Lorient not only allowed him to maintain his rank as second best gunner in France ahead of Wissam Ben Yedder (20 goals) and behind Kylian Mbappé (22 goals), it also gave him a special place in the history books of Stade Rennes. By shaking the net 21 times, Terrier overtook idol Alexander Frei, the only player to have scored 20 pawns in a single season in the 21stand century, and came close to Stéphane Guivarc’h’s 22 goals in 1996-1997 (the absolute record of 25 caramels being held by Walter Vollweiler since 1934, as indicated by the specialized site Red Memory). “These are names that speak at club and first division level.admitted Genesio in a press conference. This shows a certain regularity in his performance. » A regularity symbolized by his current series of seven league games in a row by scoring at least one goal, which no player had achieved during the same exercise with the SRFC (Hervé Guermeur had chained eight games by planting straddling two seasons in 1972, specifies Opta). “I honestly don’t think about any of thatcalmed Terrier. I’m especially happy because beyond the stats, I think my contribution to the game is better than at the start of the season. I made a leap in this area. »
“In matches, I tended to step aside a bit. I worked a lot with the physical trainer to erase little things that were my weaknesses. » Martin Terrier
A total player
Martin Terrier is not mistaken in his analysis, you have to see the man fly on the meadow to understand that he is no longer the same player as when he arrived in Brittany, at a time when he was still accused of disappearing and not to do enough violence. In recent weeks, the former Lyonnais has seemed to release a certain assurance on the green rectangle. Very above the lot technically, the Northerner also impresses with his formidable game intelligence and his ability to repeat efforts, as evidenced by the very low winning defensive returns on the field. “I think he realized his huge potential and matured.analyzed Genesio, who had recently compared him to Franck Gava in terms of style. Like the other players in the offensive phase, he has a lot of freedom. He starts from a position on the left, he can dezone, come lower… It’s a game of position, passes, movements, and he excels in this area. » Terrier has come to terms with his disappointing stint in the Rhône and has given himself the means to give new impetus to his career. His decision to reduce his time spent on video games, especially the day before matches, illustrates this desire to become the player he should be.
“In matches, I tended to step aside a bit. I worked a lot with the physical trainer to erase little things that were my weaknessesexplains Terrier. I also think that I am reaching an age where we are reaching maturity (…) The coach gives us a lot of freedom and that pushes me to let go. My role can evolve depending on the game in the 4-3-3, I often switch, I feel free. » All is well for Martin Terrier, whose new ease with the press and the ability to take on the role of leader on the lawn reflect a personal fullness. “We forced him to open up a bitlaughed Baptiste Santamaria this Sunday. I’m happy because he’s fulfilled and it shows on the pitch. He’s a great guy. I hope he will hang Mbappé and Ben Yedder in the scoring charts, it would be deserved. » Martin Terrier doesn’t want it to end “because it helps the team” and wish to continue “procure” and ” to take ” some pleasure. The one who has ten selections with the Espoirs has never yet received a pre-call from Didier Deschamps. “Of course I think about it a little bithe confides. There are a lot of quality players in my position and it’s up to me to continue working to be able to claim them. » In any case, the Rennes striker presents good arguments to join in the debate.
By Clément Gavard, in Rennes
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