SeasonThree.EpisodeFive | End of season review
Despite a cup final, a good run in the Europa League and a great finish in the league, it kind of feels like we’ve hit the end of the road with this squad. I know I’m going to lose a couple of key players as they seek higher wages and higher reputation club, but we have a few plans in place to ensure there’s minimal disruption.
With Camavinga and Palacios likely out the door, it could be that we take a step back next year as we rebuild. Still, let’s move onto the good stuff.
THE BOARD APPRAISAL
The board are happy with the season and have no complaints.
A slight increase in our rating this season. A C+ in terms of us meeting the club vision. I don’t know what I have to do to get above this, but it appears their aims are quite hight for a club like ours.
The board continue to be delighted with the club culture.
- Desired: Develop players using the clubs’ youth system | Delighted
Everything is on course in terms of the boards plans for the club. Nothing here scares me.
Some mad changes in stats here. Perhaps explains why we didn’t finish in second position again.
Our chances created dropped massively, from 150 to 106 chances but our conversion rate has improved from 11% to 14% so we’ve actually scored 10 more goals than last season.
The most shocking stat is our drop from 2nd to 20th in tackles won. I’m not sure what’s happened here (there as an ME update which has made tackles more successful across the board)…
|Rennais Stats||2019/20 season||Position||2018/19 season|
|Average possession||46%||16th||49% (10th)|
|– from set-pieces||22||—||14|
|Pass completion ratio||84%||9th||82% (4th)|
|Cross completion ratio||20%||12th||18% (11th)|
|Chances created||106||2nd||150 (2nd)|
|Shots on target ratio||53%||1st||45% (1st)|
|Conversion rate||14%||1st||11% (1st)|
|– from set-pieces||9||—||6|
|Fouls committed||333||15th||399 (12th)|
|Tackles won||81%||20th||83% (2nd)|
Our average attendance of 29,194 is up from 28,975 last year and 27,815 the season before that, which has seen us sell 100% of the tickets available, compared with 99% last season. That’s a sellout for every home match this season.
Still no news on the new stadium, so I hope that’s coming soon.
Some great performances again this season.
Onguéné has been the stand out in the centre of defence. He’s been a rock with 5.23 headers won per game and 2.56 interceptions. He completed 87% of his tackles.
Pereira has been an excellent replacement for Raphinha with 0.42 assists per 90 and 0.72 chances created.
Palacios and Camavinga top the charts with 2.76 and 2.51 chances created.
The strikers are all firing, with Schmitt, Druijf and Niang hitting 0.66, 0.63, and 0.62 goals per 90. Naing hits the top scoring charts with 20 goals. It’s just a shame his injury has let him down this season.
As rated in-game, the following end of season awards were presented to the players.
- Niang | 20 goals
Highest average rating
- Camavinga | 7.30 rating
- Pereira | 16 assists
Best pass completion
- Pépé Bonet | 91% pass completion
Most player of the match awards
- Camavinga | 6 Player of the Match awards
Most yellow cards
- Alphonso Davies | 10 yellow cards
Most red cards
- Camavinga | 1 red card
END OF SEASON AWARDS
Oliver Jensen’s golden spoon award
Awarded to my stand out player of the season.
- Matheus Pereira
Replacing last seasons player of the season, Matheus Pereira has slotted right in on the right-wing! He has 16 assists and chipped in with 7 goals, too! A bargain at €5.5M
Oliver Jensen’s wooden spoon award
Awarded to my stand out player, for all the wrong reasons.
- Jacky Rault
jacky wanted more game time this season, so we gave him a run in the team but he put in a bunch of sub-par performances. We tried again towards the end of the season in a new role that I want him to play next season and he did a lot better.
With us losing a couple of midfielders he is really going to have to step it up or he might just get his wish and have his move away from the club.
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.
- Pépé Bonet
We had quite a few injuries to our number 1 keeper Mendy, but Pépé came up from the reserves and has handled himself very well. At 19 years of age, there’s room to grow. I’m not sure he will ever make it to number 1 here, especially as I think we might be in the market for a new keeper this summer, but he played in some big games for us and did very well.
Fans player of the season
- M’Baye Niang (35%)
- Eduardo Camavinga (31%)
- Mattheus Pereira (22%)
Goal of the season
- Palacios vs Inter Milan – Wednesday 6 April 2022
There were a few better in my opinion, but it’s always good to see a screamer from outside the box!
Young player of the season
- Camavinga, 19 years old
OFF THE FIELD
Things are going nicely off the field. We have a healthy bank balance of €77M with €43M available for transfers. Wages are on the rise, but that is to be expected as we attract top talent to take us to the next level.
I’m going to change things up tactically, as the 4-4-2 doesn’t give me as many options as I would like, so going to look at how we can get more out of the players I have available to me. It also promises to be a massive season in the market. We’re going to have to make a lot of very smart transfers.
So that just about wraps up the review of this season.
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Until next time, à tout à l’heure.