The Saturday Skills #12 – Romain Alessandrini

Romain Alessandrini has been causing quite a stir since joining Ligue 1‘s Stade Rennais in the summer. Signed from Ligue 2 Clermont Foot for €2.5million after two outstanding seasons in France’s second tier, the 23-year-old Marseille-born left winger has already scored five goals for the Brittany club.

When he signed it was considered an excellent piece of business by Rennes. With 24 goals and 11 assists in two seasons at Clermont, Alessandrini marked himself as one of France’s brightest emerging talents, twice named in the Ligue 2 team of the season and also nominated for player of the season in 2011-12, an award that finally went to Bastia’s Jerome Rothen.

Thus far at Rennes he is proving his worth and has slotted into the side faster than even he expected.

A positive start for an exciting young prospect, fair enough. No real story here, right? But for the fact that, when it comes to scoring goals, Alessandrini doesn’t do tap-ins. The simple or the facile is not for Romain Alessandrini. With a left foot like a traction engine, when he hits one the ball knows about it.

And so he makes the Saturday Skills this week for an absolutely outstanding hit against Nancy this weekend, as you can see for yourself above. And just to show that the above strike was no fluke, here are two other Alessandrini classics, against Nancy again (this time in the Coupe de la Ligue) and against Lille earlier this season. Magnifique.

(v Nancy):

(v Lille):

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