the impressive metamorphosis of Martin Terrier

A new person. At 25, Martin Terrier seems more fulfilled than ever. A nice revenge for a player who has not always had it well at Olympique Lyonnais between 2018 and 2020. A period in which he scored 17 goals in 77 games in all competitions. A decent balance. But the residents of Groupama Stadium hoped for better. Martin Terrier too.

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Brilliant with Strasbourg, the player, then owned by LOSC, had caught the attention of Florian Maurice. He was responsible for the recruitment of OL and completed the arrival of Martin Terrier in January for €11 million (+ €4 million in bonuses). Endowed with good technique and complete, with the Rhodaniens he had to compose with strong competition and sometimes seemed to fish mentally. But that was before.

A new start in Rennes

In 2020, the footballer born in 97 agreed to trust Florian Maurice, appointed sports director of the SRFC, again. This time towards Brittany for 12 M€ (+3 bonus). And there is no question of missing, as the main stakeholder explained when he arrived. “This is an important step in my career. Stade Rennais is an ambitious club that grows from year to year. I hope it will be fine, but I have no doubt about it. I can’t wait to get started and show my skills in front of goal soon.”

And the resident of Armentières kept his word. Author of 9 goals and 7 assists in his first season, he lived up to expectations. And how about this year! With 14 goals on the clock (1 assist), the former LOSC player, who scored goals against OL on Sunday, is full of confidence. A win for a player who has faced criticism in his youth, as his team-mate Jonas Martin admitted. Fortunately, Terrier enjoys it.

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“I feel good. I’m happy with my progress. I feel like I’ve passed a course this season mainly mentally. In terms of efficiency, I think it shows”he explained at a press conference on Wednesday. “The coach gives me a lot of freedom on the pitch. As for my movements, he really lets me go where I want. He often forces me to take risks, which I didn’t have at the beginning of the season. He has me on that point helped a lot.”

At his side, Bruno Genesio, who had already guided him in Lyon, was proud. “His progress is what I hoped for. We never hid it with Florian (Mauritius), he is a striker who has all the modern qualities to be a great striker. Until now he didn’t always show his potential, “Definitely due to lack of self-confidence or mental blocks. He is maturing. He is also getting to an age where it is the right age for a striker. He is 25 years old. He has experience. He has been through difficult situations.

Trust, the key to success

He strives: “He is rewarded for his season in his stats and in what he brings together for the team. He is one of the many smart players on our team.† A real Swiss army knife to listen to. “He has played at the forefront in Lyon before. He has the profile to evolve alone or with two attackers. When he plays on the left, he is not a left winger. He is a player who takes a lot of position in the game, between the lines.

Metamorphosed, the 25-year-old Frenchman, whose name is mentioned by some among the Blues, is over the moon. He hopes the skies will still be clear on Thursday evening as Rennes host Leicester City in the round of the 16th leg of the Europa League conference. Beaten 2-0 in the first leg, the Bretons have their fit man, who has yet to open his goalscorer on the European stage this season. What he wants to rectify this Thursday. Foxes vs Terrier, the game has begun!