Martin Terrier is the author of a thunderous start to the season with Stade Rennais. And despite Karim Benzema’s package for the World Cup and the possibility of selecting an additional player, Didier Deschamps has decided to do without the services of the number 7 from Brittany.
Since the arrival of Bruno Génésio at the head of Stade Rennais, Martin Terrier has been turning a corner in his football career. Dominant on the front of the Breton attack, the former Lyonnais splashes Ligue 1 with his talent every week. But his very high level performances still did not allow him to join the France group. So what more should he do?
A versatile profile
However, the Rouge et Noir striker has an atypical profile which could have been very useful for Didier Deschamps. Able to evolve in many game systems, Martin Terrier is a boy who adapts wonderfully in a collective. Used mainly as a left winger with Stade Rennais, the native of Armentières can also evolve a notch higher on the ground alongside a second attacker. And this quality should have been obvious to the 1998 world champion who, for example, preferred to call the ex-Nantais, Randal Kolo Muani.
The 1m84 winger who is comfortable with both feet also has a much more extensive range than some players such as Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembélé or Marcus Thuram. Endowed with an interesting burst of speed and a technique well above average, Martin Terrier knows how to do everything on the ground.
An important part of the Rennes collective, he is the one who sublimates the team by bringing his altruism. And some goalkeepers of the French Championship still remember very well his many long shots. If we also add his facilities in duels and in the aerial game, he therefore appears as a complete attacker who can rock an encounter individually, but also through the pass.
Martin Terrier is in the shape of his life
Another advantage which is not the least, the player trained in Lille has only very rarely experienced physical glitches in his career, which is not necessarily the case for Ousmane Dembélé and Kingsley Coman. While Didier Deschamps had to compose a redesigned team because of a hecatomb of injuries, Martin Terrier therefore seemed to be the perfect profile to replace Karim Benzema or to be the 26th man.
Then if we look at his excellent start to the season, the Rennais had everything to be part of the adventure in Qatar. Decisive every 109 minutes (8 goals and 3 assists in 14 games) in the league, he was even voted best player in Ligue 1 in October. And on the European scene, Bruno Génésio’s protege also allowed his team to qualify for the next round of the Europa League (3 goals and 1 assist in 6 games). But unfortunately, the strong competition in the offensive sector of the Blues got the better of him.