PSG-Rennes: Serhou Guirassy, ​​the success of a relentless

On Wednesday, Rennais Serhou Guirassy played his third Champions League match with the Breton team beaten at Chelsea (3-0). But the powerful 24-year-old striker, who arrived this summer from Amiens, could have participated in the meeting with the opposing jersey. “He refused to go to Chelsea during the last transfer window, Serhou made a sporting choice when he could earn more money with the London training, reveals John Williams, the sports director of Amiens. He wanted to continue in a club where he was sure to have playing time and not relive an experience like the one in Cologne (between 2016 and 2019) where he was a substitute. The choice fell on Rennes because the coach Julien Stéphan assured him that he was counting on him. “

Relevant calculation. After a promising start to the season with four goals and an assist, the striker will spend this Saturday evening (9 p.m.) a new test with his team (3rd) against PSG for the shock of the 10th day of L1. His presence in mythical stadiums such as the Parc des Princes or Stamford Bridge was, however, far from being acquired for someone born in Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône) to Guinean parents in a modest family.

“He was a little lazy at the start but then he worked a lot”

Serhou grew up in the district of Chautemps in Montargis (Loiret) and lives in a building overlooking the football field. It alternates between USM Montargis and Amilly up to the under 15 category. “At 13, he was not ahead from a morphological point of view but he was already a very good player that I had outclassed by one category,” recalls Julien Dubois, his former coach at Montargis. He was a well-surrounded boy who was passionate about football and watched many games on TV. On the field, he moved behind the striker with the ability to score and make score. “

The following year, he returned to Amilly where he scored 40 goals in the regional championship. “I had gone to see one of his brothers to convince him to come back to us. I was going to pick him up by car for training and matches, remembers his former coach in Amilly, Steve Boué. I replaced him center-forward and he had a huge season with the title in the league and the Loiret Cup. He was a little lazy at first but then worked a lot. It was a monster of efficiency in front of goal. In the locker room, he was a discreet boy. “

His trainer led him to make a test at Auxerre which did not follow up. Laval then jumped at the chance. Quickly, he demonstrates his qualities which allow him to integrate the French team under 16 years. “He was not yet ready because he was in a big growth spurt and therefore he was a little slow on the ground, explains Patrick Gonfalone, the former coach of the Bleuets. I had it on my shelves and two years later I selected it again. Denis Zanko, his coach in Laval (then in L2), told me that at the start of the season he was his 4th striker in the hierarchy before becoming number 1. ”

Craftsman of keeping Amiens in L1 in 2019

The technician continues: “Serhou did the same with me. He came back on tiptoe. He was a very generous player, scorer and with a great state of mind. He became the holder in place of Moussa Dembélé (the Olympique Lyonnais striker) because I found him more consistent than him. “

Transferred to Lille in 2015, there are only 6 months left before a (successful) loan to Auxerre (L2) then a departure for Cologne where he often finds himself on the sidelines. In January 2019, Serhou Guirassy returned to France in Amiens. “It was not easy to explain to the staff and the president that we were going to recruit a center forward on loan with automatic purchase of 5 million euros in case of maintenance while he was playing left winger in German D2, says John Williams. Serhou had an immediate impact on the team on the pitch and in the locker room. He does not let go and has a full game. “

Artisan of maintaining Amiens in L1 in 2019, he was again last year the best player of his team with important goals against OM and PSG. Transferred for 15 million euros to Rennes, it continues to grow. “Today, Serhou has a big presence. He is a first-rate support player, handing, depth, with a very good head game and he is a finisher, praises Patrick Gonfalone. A dream striker for a coach. “

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