Adrien Truffert, the new rising star of Stade Rennais


Frédéric Piquionne probably did not think that his reflection would prove to be so prophetic. At the half-time of Stade Rennais – AS Monaco (2-1, September 19), the former international became a consultant at RMC explained on the airwaves that careers could be born at the help of fate. Moments earlier, Adrien Truffert had just replaced Faitout Maouassa, the victim of a tackle from Ruben Aguilar. 45 minutes later, the left side, who was making his debut in Ligue 1, ended the match with an assist for Nzonzi (81st) and the winning goal (90th + 2). It’s hard to do better to start in the professional world and if a positive test for covid-19 has upset him in his integration (end of September), we have already seen him 10 minutes against Krasnodar and should probably celebrate his first tenure this evening for the reception of Angers (8th day of Ligue 1).

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After his big premiere, he had not obtained permission from his club to speak to the media. It is the coach of the young left side who took care of the praise. “I told you that we were not looking for a left side (Maouassa’s long injury was not yet confirmed, note), that Adrien was there. He had made a good preparation, we also counted on him to seize the opportunities when they presented themselves. It just happened to be tonight for him. He was ultra decisive thanks to his quality of center and strike. He came back with a lot of personality and it was not easy because we faced a great team from Monaco. Getting into these conditions for a first time was not easy but he showed a lot of qualities. “

Stade Rennais is counting on him this season

Promised to a role of understudy, the native of Liège in Belgium should benefit from a little playing time with the injury for a few weeks of the incumbent at the post. Even if the arrival of Henrique Dalbert in the last days of the transfer window strengthens the competition, the one who only signed his first professional contract last May (until 2023) will be able to take advantage of his team’s busy schedule. His hatching is hardly surprising at the club where we describe a very positive and well educated young man. It was in the Eure that he grew up and developed his first weapons at ES Jouy-Saint-Perst and FC Chartres. Arrived at Stade Rennais in 2015 in the last year of pre-training, Truffert joined a generation that shines, champion of France U17 then U19, before discovering the Youth League and the France U19 team. If he becomes indispensable late for young people, the left-hander of 1m73 joined the professional group last winter, before finally convincing his former trainer in reserve, Julien Stéphan, during the preparation this summer. The question of a loan did not even arise.

“He may not always have been considered at his fair value but he quickly knew how to be decisive with his qualities, tells us his agent Yvon Pouliquen. A little over a year ago, he was not playing in National 3. He was playing in U19. During the final of the French championship (in May 2019), he was a substitute. Julien Stéphan knew him very well with his qualities. He always believed in him. He might not have thought it would be that quick but he liked it. “ The Rennes technician has the advantage of having worked with most of the young people at the training center for having supervised them. Like Truffert before him, the Eduardo Camavinga, Yann Gboho or even Brandon Soppy have all already tasted at the professional level, rewarding the hard training work of the Breton club.

A technical, tireless and versatile player

“Adrien really has a lot of qualities. We just have to accompany these young people, make sure that they are uninhibited and let go. Because they are the soul of the group. We just have to frame them so that they can make us dream, like “the Truffle” tonight. He’s going to have a great weekend, I’m happy for him ”, enthusiastic his teammate and goalkeeper Romain Salin after the 2-1 victory over Monaco. Revealed in the deep end of Ligue 1, Truffert also discovered, like his club, the Champions League this season. Facing Krasnodar, he finished the last 10 minutes for a rather convincing entry. A very (too?) Express rise for this player capable of quickly adapting to terrain, he who has the distinction of having been trained as a left winger. He is still playing in this position in the France U19 team of Jean-Luc Vannuchi.

“One day Jean-Luc calls me to tell me that he is missing a left back, remembers Landry Chauvin on the phone. We already had Lucas Da Cunha (who left for Nice this summer, who loaned him to Lausanne-Sport) who is of the same age group and has already been called to the French team. He asks me if I don’t have someone at the post. I answer him: “it might surprise you, but we have a boy capable of playing both positions, it’s Adrien Truffert”. He trusted me and his first selection was against Italy at Clairefontaine. He entered the left midfielder, a little shy but he no longer left the team because as with all his educators, Jean-Luc and Julien Stéphan, he is a player who is becoming essential in a group ”, judge the former director of training of Stade Rennais, now in post at the DTN.

Chauvin : “I have always said that Adrien could be the left-handed Danzé of Stade Rennais”

With his ability to play all over the left flank, Truffert can even offer some versatility to the collective. “He has the advantage of having started higher but he had to make as many matches during his training years in the side as in the middle. He has supportive qualities that make him always close to his direct opponent. He has this ability to get back in the race of the opponent. He defends intelligently. It has a large volume, capable of repeating efforts. It has one of the best VMA (maximum aerobic speed) of the club elsewhere “, Landry Chauvin list, marked by the boy’s endearing and serious personality. “I have always said that Adrien could be the left-handed Danzé of Stade Rennes, not in style but in longevity. He is the kind of player, if the CDI existed in football, he would have to sign it directly because he will never disappoint. “ Just that.


Source: Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football – Actu Foot Transfert by www.footmercato.net.

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