Renaud Emond returns to Standard… after his failed stint at FC Nantes

Renaud Emond has never hidden it, Standard is the club of his heart. The Gaume striker, on a siding in Nantes, is back in Liège. He will have to restore color to the offensive phalanx of the Rouches. The Phénix will find Sclessin almost two years to the day after his departure.

The transfer window is in full swing on the banks of the Meuse. Standard, 15th in the league must raise their heads, and as said Luka Elsner, it must go through reinforcements. The Liège coach seems to have been listened to by his management. Sold for 4 million euros in January 2020, Emond joins Standard to 200 000 €. A good deal for Bruno Venanzi.

Nantes “Flop”, 11 starts and 2 goals in 2 years

The Virtonais was still under contract with Nantes until June 30, 2022. But he was clearly no longer part of the Nantes coach’s plans, Antoine Kambouare.

The 30-year-old striker has never managed to win at FC Nantes, where he has only had eight starts in two and a half years in Ligue 1.

He only scored twice. His return to the start was widely commented on by the French press, which sometimes had harsh words for the Belgian striker. RMC Sport talks about “flop” for the attacker who did not meet expectations.

The one who offered the Belgian Cup to Standard

Renaud Emond and the Standard it’s 5 years of his life, 139 matches played and 43 goals scored.

Beginnings on the banks of the Meuse are complicated. It does not manage to impose itself directly. He is not always supported by the supporters. The second part of the 2017-2018 season is clearly the turning point of his Liège period. Renaud Emond takes advantage of the departure ofOrlando Sa, to establish himself as a holder.

He ends the season as a cannonball. He scored 5 goals in the play-offs and offered the Belgian Cup to Standard. Emond scores the only goal of the final, which Standard wins against Genk (1-0).



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In March 2018, Renaud Emond scored the only goal in the Belgian Cup final, which Standard won against Genk (1-0). © All rights reserved

“He knows he has to be good for the management and the fans. His pride will come into play”

The Gaumais will wear the captain’s armband on several occasions. During the 2019-2020 season, he scored 7 goals in the Pro League, before joining FC Nantes in early January. The rest we know, a failed experience in Ligue 1.

For our football consultant, Alex Teklak, Emond is a major reinforcement for Standard: Even if Renaud did not play much in Nantes, he is a player who has always been popular. He knows the club. He knows the championship and once he’s physically up to speed we won’t have any surprises. No nasty surprises.”

And then the Gaumais wants to prove that he can bounce back after two complicated years in Ligue 1: “His motivation will remain intact because he knows which club he is coming to. He knows he has to be good for the management, for the fans and so his pride will come into play.”.

Renaud Emond will now have to regain his sense of purpose but also and above all of confidence. For this, the management of Liège is counting on Lukas Elsner, who will have to revive this intelligent player, and who has always shown great lucidity.

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