Rennes followers should have hoped luck was on their facet when Neymar and Kylian Mbappe spooned nearly similar possibilities over the crossbar within the opening exchanges of Sunday’s Ligue 1 conflict with Paris Saint-Germain.
And, when Lionel Messi clattered the crossbar with a long-range free-kick moments later, Rennes boss Bruno Genesio might have been forgiven for assuming reverse quantity Mauricio Pochettino had taken a sledgehammer to a complete Home of Mirrors earlier than strolling beneath 13 ladders on his strategy to Roazhon Park.
There was nothing lucky about the way in which Rennes took the lead, nevertheless, exhibiting Messi, Mbappe and Neymar the way in which with a brilliantly constructed aim fully in opposition to the run of play.
And no-one was shocked to see Kamaldeen Sulemana as the spark that lit the touchpaper for a 2-0 win no one noticed coming.
And in line with Flemming Pedersen, his former supervisor at Nordsjaelland, Sulemana is a player “with potential on a par with Neymar”.
And whereas Neymar drew a clean at Rennes, one other hot-stepping, high-kicking left winger with the quantity ten on his again turned on the model, whipping in an inch-perfect cross for Gaetan Laborde’s opener.
“(Sulemana) is even sooner (than Neymar),” Pedersen claimed, earlier than confirming Nordsjaelland had obtained approaches from no less than two Premier League big-hitters earlier than he joined Rennes.
“(Manchester) United, Liverpool and others are within the race.
“And with the character and mentality (Sulemana) has, I’ll by no means say will probably be too massive a leap, for he’s extraordinary.”
Liverpool goal Kamaldeen Sulemana confirmed ‘Messi ranges’ vs PSG
Moderately than shifting to the Premier League, Sulemana joined Rennes for a cool £13 million in June – and his resolution has definitely been justified.
As a result of, whereas the 19-year-old would have had Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and extra for competitors in England’s north west, he has already gathered 9 video games, three objectives and 529 minutes of Ligue 1 motion on the opposite facet of the Channel.
That very good cross in opposition to PSG was his first help in Rennes colors. The primary of many, we presume.
Right here’s what some followers on Twitter needed to say about Sulemana’s efficiency in opposition to PSG:
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