Recovered, Alfred Gomis applies against Nantes

Alfred Gomis fractured a hand when he missed an outing in which he hit Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé (4-2, in Lyon, March 13), giving him a penalty, and Rennes were not sure of recovering his number one goalkeeper before the end of the season. But the Senegalese has become operational again for the last three matches and according to the hierarchical rule, he is called to play the final triptych Nantes (Wednesday)-Marseille (Saturday)-Lille (May 21). With a strong challenge for the Bretons, in the fight for second place, and the need to have a last rampart to match.

In the absence of Gomis (28 years old, under contract until 2025), it was the goalkeeper recruited as number three at the start of the season Dogan Alemdar (19 years old, 2026) who took over as interim, since Romain Salin, number two (37, 2024), was still injured when Gomis had to give up his place. But when Salin was reinstated in April, Alemdar remained in goal, moving up to number two.

For the end of the season, experience takes precedence

At his age, in a season of discovering a new Championship and after a first interim during the CAN in the absence of Gomis (Salin injured), the Turk had the mentality to assert himself, notably in eighth second leg of the Europa League Conference against Leicester (2-1, March 17). If he had been feverish against Monaco (2-3, April 15), he had shown his advantage in Strasbourg despite the setback (1-2, April 20) and decisive in the last match against Saint-Étienne (2-0, April 30).

The status and experience of Gomis, who was with the incumbents on Friday in public opposition, put him back in play for Nantes. The Senegalese has left reservations, this season like the previous one, on his foot and aerial game and the reading of the game. And the impression that he was not decisive enough in a team whose best defense is the offensive. But his personality is probably not completely foreign to the co-best defense in L1 (with PSG, OM and Monaco, 36 goals conceded), like the hatching Alemdar (22 matches for the Senegalese, 12 for the Turkish).

Gomis must in any case try to finish strong when the question of a new number 1 profile could arise for next season in Rennes. Alemdar, he is likely to leave as number two, with an air of future number 1.


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