TOP 14. From Racing to Paris: Baptiste Pesenti, journey of a failed transfer

Everyone was just talking about the arrival of Cameron Woki, and yet … Freed to make up for this 4-star arrival, Baptiste Pesenti, therefore, will have only stayed one year in the Hauts-de-Seine. Landed last summer in Nanterre, the native of St-Claude will gather the 10 short kilometers that separate the U Arena from Jean-Bouin, to reach the capital and the French Stadium in Paris. He? Surely he is a very efficient recruit for the Pink Soldiers, eager to strengthen his 2nd line with a great melee impeller. For Racing, on the other hand, it is the security of losing the only number 5 of a certain caliber in its squad, while offering it to its best enemy.

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Because the best fans of the club of 92 know it: what Racing lacks is a correct pillar capable of holding you in a melee. What Racing also lacks is a massive, rough and combative second batting capable of pushing you through an entire package. What Racing lacks, finally, is a 5-year-old striker capable of crushing his opponents, and not just predisposed to play the ball and to be punished as was still the case in every Sewer match of the Skies and Whites this season. And Cameron Woki can be an excellent rugby player, among the great French talents in his position and with undeniable leadership, he does not represent, today, the profile that would have corresponded to the needs of Racing.

First International Peace since 2005, who are you Baptiste Pesenti?First International Peace since 2005, who are you Baptiste Pesenti?

As good at 4 as at 6 or 7, Cameron is still a neo-second line of 1m97 for 111kg “only”. Who to associate it with next year? That’s a good question, and we wouldn’t like to be in Laurent Travers ’head when it comes to making those decisions, even if we are convinced that associating two safe bets (Woki and Le Roux?) Can only be detrimental. However, in this little game of complementarity, we are almost equally convinced that 1 and 1 do not make 2 and that this international double -probably- will never be as effective as Arnold – Meafou, Lavault – Skelton or Van Rensburg – Willemse approaching in the final stages.

A symbol of Racing’s lack of identity

We list, over and over again, but all this for what, by the way? Oh yes, to say that this transfer, together at the beginning of Pesenti, is ultimately just the symbol of the lack of DNA Racing. Without underestimating the club of Jacky Lorenzetti, whose game ended up becoming -often- very nice to watch, he seems to be looking for an identity again and again. And, therefore, willing to recruit a little anything that is striking and comes in handy. As recently as last summer, let’s not forget that Baptiste Pesenti was heralded as the perfect talisman that would give a new balance to Front 5 in the Ile-de-France region. It is also no secret that the entity based in Plessis-Robinson had spent about 500,000 euros to obtain its services. And that today, despite its current contract until 2025, the 4-layer international has just been released to buy even more, more or less at the same price, although the Sky and Whites will surely also receive a high compensation from the Stade Français.

TOP 14. TRANSFER.  A XIII bomb is committed to Racing 92!TOP 14. TRANSFER. A XIII bomb is committed to Racing 92!

The fact is that we wondered where the last 6th in the Top 14 with Pau’s former player wanted to come from. Apparently, the colossus (1m95 per 122kg) would not have met all the expectations of the ille-de-France squad, as evidenced by his 7 small terms this season. However, this is also explained by a late arrival in the Paris region followed by a major shoulder injury in early October, which caused him to lose 4 months of competition and did not allow him to hang 14 party sheets in the exercise. . So it’s hard to blame him completely, even though his second half of the season was mixed, it’s true. In this sense, just a week ago, President Lorenzetti relied on insinuations to the Midi Olympique that he did not plan to see Pesenti leave. Three days later, during the last hours of the transfer market, his second line, finally released, was joined by the neighbor next door … A final turn of the season for the club, which made sense in the words of the owner of the club. ‘Sometimes: “.this year we have not had enough soul. “

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