SeasonOne.EpisodeFive | End of season review
It has been a season to remember, with Stade Rennais finishing in their highest ever position. The bookies had us down to finish in 5th place, so to move two places above the prediction on the final day of the season is an outstanding achievement for us.
Reaching the Champions League best placed third qualifying round was a massive overachievement, and one the board agree with, thankfully. They’ve not set us any unrealistic targets for next season. We’re aiming to get to the group stage and qualify for the Europa League again.
The €14.69M prize money will just about cover our wages for six-months of the season. I don’t know how we’re meant to be profitable by the end of it, but I guess I’ll work that out as we go.
Anyway, less about next season, let’s take a look at our historic season!
THE BOARD APPRAISAL
I get the feeling, based on this appraisal that the board at Stade Rennais are a little demanding, despite only wanting to reach mid-table this season.
The board are pleased with the progress being made towards realising the clubs vision. A little disappointed with the B- rating, considering the massive overachievement this season. However, we’ve seen the rating as high as A+ so I guess this is fluid and just at the end of the season, ready for next.
The board are reserving judgement here. I guess these will kick in with more seasons played.
- Desired: Develop players using the clubs youth system | Reserving judgement
- Preferred: Sign players under the age of 23 for the first team | Reserving judgement
- Required: Do not sign players over the age of 30 | Reserving judgement
- Favoured: Play defensively solid football | Very pleased
Everything is going in the right direction, but we’re only a season in so I wouldn’t expect too much movement here.
We’ve had a solid season statistically, which would indicate that we’re doing all the right things. Perhaps just a lack of quality is letting us down. When we’re at our best we can cut apart any team in the league (except perhaps PSG).
|Rennais Stats||2019/20 season||Position||2018/19 season|
|– from set-pieces||12||—||—|
|Pass completion ratio||82%||4th||—|
|Cross completion ratio||19%||8th||—|
|Shots on target ratio||43%||6th||—|
|Conversion rate||10%||1st (joint)||—|
|– from set-pieces||12||—||—|
Our average attendance of 27,815 is 95% of our capacity, which puts us in the top three for attendance records, with us selling out 9 times. We’re only 9th in terms of highest single attendance at 29,194 with Marseille easily topping this chart with 66,339 in attendance at their maximum.
It has been a weird season, where the players themselves haven’t stood out individually. Rather, the team as a whole has pulled together and dragged us through most of the results this season. A byproduct of this is the relatively mediocre stats below.
As you can see, there aren’t too many players who achieved an average rating over 7 this season, with 7.33 being the top-rated player.
As rated in-game, the following end of season awards were presented to the players.
- Adrien Hunou | 27 goals
Highest average rating
- Clément Grenier | 7.33 rating
- Clément Grenier | 16 assists
Best pass completion
- Romain Salin | 91% pass completion
Most player of the match awards
- Raphinha and M’Baye Niang | 5 Player of the Match awards
Most yellow cards
- Jérémy Gélin and Joris Gnagnon | 5 yellow cards
Most red cards
- Faitout Maouassa and Flavien Tait | 1 red card
END OF SEASON AWARDS
Oliver Jensen’s golden spoon award
Awarded to my stand out player of the season.
- Adrien Hunou
It had to be, really. 27 goals while maintaining his fitness to play in 53 games for us this season. He has made the Deep Lying Forward role his own this season. I would like him to get a few more assists next year if I’m being picky, but he needs a quality striker next to him.
Oliver Jensen’s wooden spoon award
Awarded to my stand out player, for all the wrong reasons.
- Flavien Tait
Perhaps it was me and the way I wanted him to play, but Flavien has been a real disappointment. A €10M signing from Angers I think we all expected a lot more from him. He hasn’t taken his chances, complained when criticized and subsequently requested a transfer.
Oliver Jensen’s silver spoon award
Awarded to the best youth player (under 23) to break into the squad, either new signing or from the youth teams.
- Eduardo Camavinga
There was only ever going to be one winner of this award. For those who follow my Slack channel, he’s all I really talk about. At just 17 years of age he has so many years left and many of them at the top I’m sure. I’m so happy I got to manage him this season, and hopefully next season, too!
Fans player of the season
- Clément Grenier (44%)
- Adrien Hunou (29%)
- Joris Gnagnon (17%)
Goal of the season
- M’Baye Niang vs Nanrs – Saturday 9 May 2020
We had a few cracking goals this season, but considering this was against our fierce rivals, it probably is worthy of this award.
Young player of the season
- Joris Gnagnon, 23 years old
OFF THE FIELD
Behind the scenes, the team have been working hard keeping everything ticking over. Our net transfer spend of €846k was the third-highest, which gives you an indication of how much is spent in this league. By comparison, PSG have a net spend of €34.56M and an annual salary spend of €217M compared with ours at €30M.
I’m not saying we’re anywhere close to competing with PSG at all, but this just gives you an idea in the gulf between us and them. In fact, their salary spend is almost three times that of second-place Monaco. It’s safe to say it is going to be a long battle over second place for probably the entirety of this save.
That just about wraps up the review of this season. A little different from how I did things last year with Dortmund, but hopefully a little easier to take things in.
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Until next time, à tout à l’heure.