Saturday, September 30, 2023

Martin Terrier: why can he replace Benzema at the World Cup?

Has Martin Terrier’s time with the Blues arrived? With the withdrawal of Karim Benzema on Saturday evening November 19, the French team finds itself at 25 to start the World Cup and Didier Deschamps has until Monday evening to summon a new player to the workforce as required. FIFA rules. Can the Rennes player be this 26th man? If the trend is very important on the networks, several other names are cited such as Ben Yedder or Moussa Diaby.

But, voted best player of the month for October, Martin Terrier has a real attacking profile and not a winger like Marcus Thuram, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembélé, or like Kylian Mbappé can also play to help out, he therefore has an interesting profile even if Randal Kolo Muani, replacing Christopher Nkunku has also been called up. With 11 goals and 4 assists in 20 appearances in all competitions, Martin Terrier still offers the best attacking statistics still available for Didier Deschamps. Inexperience but also his state of health because the attacker also suffered a small physical glitch at the end of October with a strain.

A crescendo course in Lyon then at Stade Rennais

Trained in Lille where he will sign his first professional contract in 2016, Martin Terrier will have a timid start in the elite before being loaned to RC Strasbourg during the 2017 transfer window, where he will be revealed. Recruited by Olympique Lyonnais for 11 million euros in 2018, he will play two seasons with Les Gones, where he will gradually win from 2019.

After an additional season in the Rhône, Martin Terrier will then be one of the big catches of the Rennais Stadium in the summer of 2020 by signing for 12 million euros with the Breton club. The beginning of a beautiful story, between the left wing and the tip of the Rennes attack. Renewed a little by surprise during the summer transfer window of 2022, he is undoubtedly the pillar of the Breton team this season.

A blank track record but flattering statistics

Martin Terrier has not (yet) won a title, even though he was a finalist in the Coupe de la Ligue in 2020 with Olympique Lyonnais. At Les Gones, he scored ten league goals in two seasons (2018-2019 and 2019-2020), six in the cup and even a goal in the Champions League. Previously, Martin Terrier had already made notable appearances in the 2016-2017 season (1 goal with Losc) and 2017-2018 (3 goals with RC Strasbourg).

With Stade Rennais, Martin Terrier will score 9 goals in 2020-2021, in all competitions, then 21 goals the following season, with a more central position, making the former Lyonnais the third top scorer in Ligue 1 behind Kylian Mbappé, Wissam Ben Yedder and tied with Moussa Dembélé. Terrier will be named in passing for the UNFP trophy for the best player in Ligue 1. Since the start of the 2022-2023 season, he has already scored 11 goals, including 8 in Ligue 1 and 3 in the European Cup.

The France team, one of his “goals”

Martin Terrier has a career already provided with the Blues, but among the under 20s, and with the Hopes. With the first, he played in a World Cup, in 2017 in Korea, shaking the nets from the first meeting against Honduras. With the latter, he will make an impression during qualifying for Euro 2019, with a hat-trick against Kazakhstan and a double against Montenegro in particular.

Martin Terrier confided in the A team last season on Prime Video: “Honestly, I don’t think about it, but afterwards, it’s sure that the fact of associating myself with the France team, that also values ​​my daily work and my qualities. It is also one of my objectives in the future”, he had blown. “I tasted the France team with the Espoirs, so once we tasted that, we want to go and see higher”.


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