Stade Rennais announced the signing of French-Cameroonian-American striker Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu from recently promoted club Stade de Reims. The 22-year old signed a five-year contract with Les Rouges et Noirs.
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“I am very happy to sign,” Siebatcheu told Rennes’ official website (via Google translate). “I only played for one club, Stade de Reims. This is a new experience for me. It’s a nice challenge.”
Rennes finished the 2017-2018 Ligue 1 season in fifth place. On paper, it’s a solid move for Siebatcheu, as he’s joining a club that didn’t feature a striker with more than five goals. There’s presumably nobody standing in his way, provided he continues to produce at his Ligue 2 standard (17 goals in 35 matches).
As for Siebatcheu’s national team future, there haven’t been any updates since last month’s television appearance where he expressed his desire to play for France. Unlike Rennes, the striker depth chart for the French national team is comprised of several talented players, so perhaps he’ll consider suiting up for a different country in the future. As always with dual nationals who are eligible to play for top countries, the hope is that they continue to improve, but not so much that they’re not longer interested in the USMNT.