Rising Star: Jeff Reine-Adélaïde

Jeff Reine-Adélaïde (SCO)
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Two goals and one assist against Stade Rennais FC saw Jeff Reine-Adélaïde of Angers SCO hit the headlines in France with a sparkling man-of-the-match display last weekend.

"I was delighted, I think even my team-mates were delighted for me. It's the reward for the work I've put in this season. So I want to thank my team-mates and the coaching team - they've believed in me all along," the 21-year-old told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports.

Reine-Adélaïde's goals twice helped Angers come from behind against Rennes, with his second goal arriving in stoppage time to allow Stéphane Moulin's team to come away with a 3-3 draw in a thriller.

"We're all so happy for him because he's been searching for that ever since arriving," said Moulin after Reine-Adélaïde scored his first two Ligue 1 Conforama goals.

Watch: Reine-Adélaïde's first goal against Rennes

Up until that performance, Reine-Adélaïde had done just about everything but score in an Angers shirt.

The France Under-21 international is blessed with a sense of balance that allows him to dance past defenders at will. Quick, athletic and not lacking in self-belief, his surges forward have given Angers real bite as they surge towards top-flight safety themselves.


"When you've got a player like Jeff, someone who can really create danger with the ball at his feet, it helps us in possession and we all enjoy our football," said his team-mate Stéphane Bahoken.

"I think perhaps the fact that we're all but safe from relegation is allowing us to express ourselves and show all the potential in this team."

Watch: Reine-Adélaïde's second against Rennes

Reine-Adélaïde was at RC Lens as a teenager before moving to Arsenal, where he spent three years. He returned to France to join Angers midway through last season, initially on loan. That move became permanent last summer, and he is now a key member of the attacking set-up at the Stade Raymond Kopa.

If the scoring touch he discovered last weekend is here to stay, Moulin may have one of the most exciting players to look out for next season on his books.

"He's hard working and has real quality. Now he's being rewarded for his efforts. It's good for him and great for us," said Moulin.

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