We’d typically come to overlook it, sadly. Landed in Ligue 1 with the label of latest sensation of Belgian soccer, Jérémy Doku skates since he put his suitcases in Brittany. Able to flashes, the previous Anderlecht participant continues to be removed from having justified the big funding of 26 million euros granted by Rennes, greater than two years in the past.
Sufferer of repeated accidents for a yr and a half, the native of Antwerp is nearly like an intermittent. At 20, the winger is at a crossroads, regardless of his very younger age. And if his expertise is immense and he’s nonetheless adopted by the massive European golf equipment, Liverpool within the lead, Jérémy Doku is aware of he’s notably anticipated and particularly within the flat nation the place some doubts have begun to flourish.
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Two and a half seasons with the scent of unfinished
Rising star throughout his first skilled steps with Anderlecht, in 2019, the Purple Satan left Belgium with filled with promise. They had been rapidly confirmed on his arrival at Roazhon Park, regardless of a quite meager statistics sheet. On the meadow, the striker in a short time received in tune with the purple and black collective and shone, particularly earlier than Euro 2020. Earlier than “diving” final season.
Stricken by muscle issues, Doku has had few alternatives to point out himself since Euro 2020, which is quite convincing on a private degree. Worse, the previous Mauves participant has typically struggled to chain three consecutive outings with the Breton membership. Whereas he had performed practically 45 matches in 2020-2021, the younger Belgian solely appeared 18 occasions for simply 700 minutes final season.
A frustration on the opposite aspect of the border as defined to us by Romain Van der Pluym, journalist on the Final Hour. “We anticipated his time in Rennes to be one among explosion, the one the place he turns a nook, and in an bold membership at that. We marvel what’s going on. The truth that he’s not progressing is essentially linked to his accidents…”
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The bodily glitches, Doku has collected them in latest months. For the follower of the Mauves and the Purple Devils, this example is nearly an enigma. “He’s a kind of very explosive gamers who can get injured extra simply, they’re extra uncovered. He did not have too many bodily issues when he was at Anderlecht. Is it associated to his way of life? Is it the truth that he’s dwelling away from house for the primary time? Does he get sufficient relaxation? These are questions we ask ourselves, however now we have no solutions…”
Able to making the distinction on a help, inveterate dribbler and elimination participant par excellence, the Belgian worldwide revealed that he labored with Marc Raquil, double medalist on the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, throughout the pre-season. “We labored on operating, on letting go once you run. In case you are too abrupt, it causes rigidity, ache. It is like once you’re scared: you are tense and it is not good for the muscle groups, that is what I discovered.”
Returning with different intentions final summer season, Jérémy Doku additionally confided in a press convention that he had reviewed a part of his operation. “I modified my habits a little bit, I am a little bit extra cautious about what I can eat, when I’ve to sleep. I pay extra consideration. ” However with a consequence nonetheless combined up to now and which leaves some Rennes supporters unhappy, after all.
The Devils are nonetheless ready for him as a savior
On alternating present and out of rhythm, the previous Anderlecht participant nonetheless raises loads of hopes among the many supporters of the Purple Devils and his followers. “We offered him because the “subsequent large factor”, the person who was going to hold the Devils for years to return… That claims lots in regards to the place he has in our choice and what he can carry“, confides the journalist of the flat nation.
A Doku even at 80% will be helpful with Devils if you wish to go far
Whereas Romelu Lukaku has simply returned from damage and lots of questions hold over the offensive plan, the collection of Jérémy Doku was virtually logical for Romain Van der Pluym. “The coach likes him lots. To be frank, percussion gamers able to eliminating, making the distinction in a single in opposition to one, there are solely two: Eden Hazard, who’s not the one of some years in the past, and Jérémy Doku. A Doku even at 80% will be helpful with the Devils if you wish to go far, particularly once you see the state of affairs by which Eden Hazard is…“
So, a World Cup and it begins once more? That is clearly the situation anticipated by our colleague who stays satisfied that Rennes made the best selection by taking out the checkbook. “Coming again to the Devils is nice, particularly for some individuals when they’re doubtful within the membership. We all know that Doku could be very connected to Belgium. In my thoughts, Rennes did not make a foul purchase even when it is not at its true degree. It is a query of adapting to loads of little issues in order that it is good…” It is as much as Doku to do the accounts now.
Axel Witsel, Jérémy Doku and Youri Tielemans earlier than the Euro 2020 quarter-final between Belgium and Italy.
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