Are Rennes Set to Show Philipp Hosiner the Exit Door?


With so many players arriving in Rennes over the last couple of transfer windows, there were always likely to be players feeling left out. It is therefore little surprise to see one of those new arrivals taking to social media to announce their unhappiness.

Austrian Philipp Hosiner arrived in Brittany with a glowing reputation. 41 goals in 61 games for Austria Vienna showed he was clearly no slouch in front of goal. A €1.9million transfer fee was paid and Rennes assumed they had bought a striker who could profit from the opportunities presented by their wide players such as Paul-Georges Ntep and Kamil Grosicki.

Unfortunately for the 25 year old, things have not worked out. He has only made 11 Ligue 1 appearances, of which only three have been as a starter. He has not yet played a full 90 minutes and has only found the net once, a late winner in the Coupe de la Ligue to knock out Marseille.  It’s difficult to make a case against Hosiner. He works hard and has simply been the victim of being out of favour with Rennes coach Philippe Montanier as Ola Toivonen and Habib Habibou have been the preferred options in the centre forward role.

As the January transfer window opened it became clear the marriage of player and club was at breaking point. Last weekend, Rennes President Rene Ruello gave an interview with France Bleu Armorique wherein he stated that Hosiner may leave on loan to allow him chances to play. The man himself spoke with an Austrian website to claim he was working hard in training but not seeing any reward. His agent was looking for possible options back in his native Austria and even in the German Bundesliga with FC Koln heavily linked. The strained relationship appears to have reached a crescendo on Saturday as Hosiner published a tweet  on his own account with the picture “Keep Calm and Keep Waiting #waiting”.  It is clear that the Austrian has had enough.

It is unfortunate that it has come to this as he is clearly a talented player and with Rennes in need of a clinical goalscorer it does seem peculiar that he is not being given the opportunity to showcase his potential. However with player, manager and club President seemingly all in agreement, it seems Hosiner’ brief and unhappy time in Ligue 1 will shortly come to an end. It is quite apt for the Austrian that the lyrics to a famous song by Ultravox now seem very appropriate:

The feeling has gone only you and I
It means nothing to me
This means nothing to me
Oh, Vienna

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