Young OL striker Rayan Cherki impressed on Saturday with a great performance in the French Cup.
« Maybe it surprised you, but we didn’t. ». At 16 years and five months, the Lyonnais crack Rayan Cherki bursts the screen with a maturity that does not surprise its partners in theOl, club coach eager not to roast his nugget.
On Saturday in the 3-4 win in the French Cup, the Lyon-born haggling striker on 17 August 2003 gave a full “prime time” show with two goals in less than ten minutes, followed by two assists and a penalti. The superior-class boy’s recital was already on social media when he appeared quietly and lucidly in front of Eurotransgaming.org’s cameras to comment on his performance.
This maturity, ” I won it through my teammates said the man who one by one broke precocity records with OL, a club he joined from the age of 7 of Saint-Priest. « It is a perfect example of the work very well done of the Lyon Training Center. This guy in a game showed all his talent Pape Diouf, former agent and former president of Olympique de Marseille, said in Téléfoot.
Led by several major European teams, Olympique Lyonnais No.18 signed his first professional contract in July 2019, a lease that runs until June 2022. Since then, Lyon has used his nugget sparingly. Rudi Garcia threw him into the big bowl in October, for the first of his three Ligue 1 Conforama appearances, but coach Rhodanian has yet to reward him with a league title.
Wink at Mbappé
So Cherki rooats her brakes from the bench taking advantage of the few opportunities to shine, as in the two French Cup matches played in January. Against Bourg-en-Bresse (0-7), he became the youngest goalscorer in THE history of the OL. And on Saturday, the skilful haggler of both feet raised the bar again for several notches, reviving the memory of former contenders Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa, both pitched in Lyon at the age of 17.
Kylian Mbappé, another great early French football, was amused by the rain of brilliant comments falling on the head of Cherki, the French under-16 international twice. « Don’t talk to him too much about age, eh. He joked on Twitter about the 21-year-old world champion, referring to the format he used on The Inside Sport on Canal Plus. « The PSG striker had explained that a player’s age should not be a criterion for a coach. As soon as I heard the age, my eyebrows frown. You don’t tell me about age. (…) You’re just talking about football and level. Mbappé said in a sequence that he went viral.
Garcia pulls out the fire extinguisher
At the Beaujoire on Saturday, Cherki’s associates took turns in front of the camera to calm the game, while showing off their undeniable talent. « Maybe it surprised you, but we didn’t. said doorman Anthony Lopes. « Rayan stood out, he was decisive. It is up to him to continue in that spirit, to keep his head on his shoulders ».
His trainer Rudi Garcia also pulled out the fire extinguisher, aware that the media frenzy around his young phenomenon was skirting overheating. Even if ” all that is obvious tonight (Saturday) are the two goals, the penalty obtained and the two assists, (…) my role is also to lower the levels because everyone will use it naked commented the former Roma technician and OM. « He’s going to be a big danger if he doesn’t listen to me anymore, he doesn’t work anymore and he thinks it happened, while it’s still a long way off. Insisted.
Cherki proved on Saturday that she can erase those two weaknesses, according to Garcia. « If it continues like this, you can keep making progress ». With the long absences of Memphis Depay and Jeff-Queen Adelaide, the young crack OL will likely have more game time in the coming months. But you may also have to play sideways with newcomers, if OL recruit other strikers during the winter transfer window.
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