By engaging 18-year-old Jérémy Doku (pronounced “Dokou”), Stade Rennais has offered itself a jewel in the Belgian crown.
To secure the services of the young Anderlecht striker on the last day of the transfer window, Rennes paid 26 million euros. This is the Breton club’s biggest acquisition. From Belgium’s point of view, this represents the second most important transfer in history, behind that of Canadian midfielder Jonathan David, 20, from La Gantoise to Lille against 27 million euros, last August.
“We thought that Doku would leave either in January, or during the next summer transfer window, observes Pascal Scimè, journalist at RTBF. That he would be valued at the Euro and that he would then leave for a more upscale club and for more money. But Anderlecht being in the red economically, there was an urgent need to sell him. Honestly, valued by Julien Stéphan, well surrounded, launched in a championship more difficult than the Belgian, then in the Champions League, here is a player who in a year or two will be able to leave without problem in England for 50, 60 or 70 million euros. “
“A rare player in current football”
The qualities of young Doku? “His great strength is in the one against one,” testifies Mohamed Ouahbi, youth coach in Anderlecht who coached Doku in the U17s. Thanks to his speed and explosiveness, he is able to eliminate anyone… ”
“With us, even when he was playing an average game, his direct opponent always took a yellow card. He’s ahead of the split times of all the strong players I’ve seen here in 16 years of being here. “
“He is a rare player in current football,” Scimè continues. He always does the same feint but it goes every time, thanks to the quality of his thrust. Right-handed, Doku plays “opposite foot” on the left side. He pretends to lead the defender as if he were going to cross, then goes inside to roll a shot, a bit like Thierry Henry … “
This is exactly how Doku scored his first international goal against Iceland (5-1), he who took part in Belgium’s last five outings since early September.
He was preparing to sign for Liverpool
Coveted on all sides for a while, Jérémy made a test at the age of 15 in Liverpool, met Jürgen Klopp and was about to sign for the Reds. However, against the advice of his parents, he changed his mind and sided with the arguments of Romelu Lukaku, the Red Devils striker, who advised him to make his professional debut and harden up in Belgium before d ‘consider the sequel.
“Among young people, Jérémy always set fire to but had more difficulty in the last gesture, underlines Ouahbi. He has come a long way in this area in recent years, and even since last season. He hits more, thinks more about the pass or the cross to give but it is in this area that he must still progress to pass a course. I think he will become a player of the caliber of Sterling (Manchester City) or Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), who are still fishing in the last gesture. “
Before moving to Rennes, Doku had scored twice and provided four assists in seven games this season for Anderlecht, against 3 goals and 3 assists in 21 games the previous season.
“He has made progress in the finish and has more to do,” said Julien Stephan, the Rennes coach who has been watching the young player since March and launched him in the 80th minute upon his arrival in Dijon in L1 (1-1 ) Friday. Fortunately at 18, we have a squad with players of his age. We will integrate it gradually. He has the personality and the mentality to fit into this locker room. “
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