This week’s Ligue 1 player of the week accolade goes to Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet, with the French shot stopper having played a significant role in his side keeping two clean sheets as the 11th placed team secured a respectable four points this weekend.
In what has been a challenging season for the keeper in which Dijon have leaked more than their fair share of goals, Reynet had a week to remember across the side’s important fixtures against Troyes and Caen.
The 27-year-old captain first encounter saw him face three efforts on goal as his side dug deep to battle to a hard earned away point in their midweek clash.
In a game of fine margins, the Dijon keeper saw his fingers were stung by Troyes’ Pele in the second half as he put in a reassured performance for the team affectionately known as the Mustards.
He then rounded off what proved to be an exceptional week when he played a key role in their 2-0 home win over fellow mid-table side Caen.
Reynet faced just two efforts on goal in the tie but drew an effective double save in the first half to keep the game at 1-0 and was a leader throughout the fixture, proving his leadership credentials as he meticulously organised the back line across the ninety minutes.
The team took the points thanks in part to an unavoidable first half own goal by Damien Da Silva before Julio Tavares netted from the spot to secure the win.
The 29-year-old Cape Verdean striker bagged his 10th goal in 18 appearances for the side as he hit 43 points for the campaign.
The victory put Dijon three points up their visitors, finishing the weekend on 35 points – seven points above the drop zone.
The keeper is in the midst of a successful second spell at the club, having initially plied his trade at the Stade Gaston Gérard between 2011 and 2013 before returning once again in 2014 – initially on loan – following an ultimately unsuccessful move to Lorient.
Having kept just two clean sheets all season, Reynet has doubled his tally for the season – now boasting a record of four clean sheets in 27 appearances.
However, the 52 goals that he has conceded across the campaign means that he has a less than phenomenal record of -32 fantasy football points – making him the single biggest vacuum within Ligue 1.
Whilst Dijon have seen themselves it a good run of form in recent weeks, winning three and drawing one of their last five games, his significant points deficit means that one might not be inclined to put the shot stopper in their side just yet.
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